Posted by Gary Martin on November 30, 2001
In Reply to: Deadlier (not more deadly) than the male & Full Monty posted by PM O'Donoghue on November 30, 2001
: Despite the tyranny of constant (mis)usage seemingly deciding English grammar, adjectives ending in -ly form the comparative by adding -ier.
: Full Monty - I assumed or deduced that as this is about male strippers taking it all off, that the monty part derived from Monty Python, python being a kind of snake and a certain part of the male anatomy resembling ... You get my drift.
That's said rather pedantically. Even more pedantically (and if that should be pedanticlier I want to end it all) I'd say that "more deadly than the male" is a line from Kipling's poem 'The Female of the Species". Deadlier might be better grammar but it would be a misquote.
The Full Monty origin hasn't to do with the film or with Monty Python; it was in use before both, although no one has found the true origin yet.