Posted by Door Number 1 on December 16, 2001
In Reply to: Full Monty reprised posted by TheFallen on December 15, 2001
: I've just got down as far as this thread and thought I'd throw this in to the melting pot. Wasn't there some US gameshow host called Monty something who was renowned for the vastness of the prizes he used to give away? I wonder if this has any potential connection, given that the phrase has connotations of "all the way".
: Oh and by the way, re "more deadly / deadlier" in the same lower thread, I see nothing wrong with forming a comparative adjectival structure with "more" + adjective. It certainly isn't incorrect and is often preferable - but then again when it comes to insistence on correctness, I am slier than most...
It was 'Let's Make A Deal' with Monty Hall, but I'm almost sure this isn't the origin of the phrase. I'm not sure how to explain this exactly, but to call something 'The Full Monty' is something Brits would do but Americans probably wouldn't. In the same way a British person might 'do a Tony Blair', but and American would never 'do a George Bush' I have no scientific explaination for this. It just feels wrong.
Let's make a deal did give us the lovely phrase "And behind door number 1..."