Butt of many jokes...

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Benjy, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. Benjy

    Benjy Senior Member

    Milton Keynes, UK
    English - English
    also the name of a place in england. butt of many jokes. pronounced "sl-aw" the "a" being the "a" at the from and not the back :eek:.. i wish i could be bothered to learn to type in ipa :eek:
     
  2. sallyjoe Member

    UK English
    Thanks for that. But why is it the 'butt' of many jokes?
     
  3. Sean Brian Kirby Member

    Drujba-1, Sofia, Bulgaria
    English, United States
    To be the "butt of a joke," is to be the object of much derision. For instance, in The States, New Jersey is the butt of many a joke, being called, among other things, "The Armpit of the United States." West Virginia is the butt of many jokes for different reasons.

    In this instance, I would take "butt" to be a striking point. "Butt" also refers to a human's hind-parts.
     

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