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Word Origin

perhaps corruption of potato
Usage Note

slang, often used with ‘sweet’

“sweetheart, pretty girl,” colloquial American English, 1921, perhaps a corruption of potato (c.f. sweet potato). Sweet patootie is recorded from 1919 as a generic exclamation.

n,n phr

[1921+; perhaps fr a play on sweet potato suggested by sweetheart and potato as used, like tomato, to mean a person]

adjective phrase

Abstaining from liquor; teetotal, at least temporarily: Monty didn’t drink, and Clifton James went on the wagon

[1904+; first attested as on the water cart in 1902]


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