Posted by Lotg on February 01, 2004
In Reply to: Bet your sweet bippy posted by Ward on February 01, 2004
: : : : : : What, pray tell, is a bippie?
: : : : : We discussed the "bet your" part of the phrase previously. (See information below from the archives.) But I don't think we have properly addressed the "bippy."
: : : : : From the archives: BET YOUR . - "Bet your bottom dollar" probably is the parent phrase (a term I think I just coined or maybe I just gleaned it from my reading). Anyway, "bet your bottom dollar" dates back to the 1850s and refers to betting the last dollar at the bottom of one's pocket or purse, according to "Listening to America" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1982). There is a different explanation in a second reference. "The expression comes from poker, where the chips, or 'dollars' are stacked and one takes chips from the top of the pile in betting, betting one's bottom dollar when he bets the entire stack," according to the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).
: : : : : : There are several phrases beginning with "bet your." "BET v. In phrase: 'you bet(cha) without any doubt; 'yes indeed,' you may rest assured.' Often in extended phr. Of the sort 'you bet your (life, ass, boots, bottom dollar, etc.)." From the "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994.
: : : : : : I couldn't find the expression "bet your booty" even though it's pretty common. "Booty" in "bet your booty" could refer to two things. Booty means "butt" or "body." But booty also means treasure or ".items taken from the enemy in times of war." according to "Listening to America." So it could mean betting one's butt or treasure.
: : : : : Current slang (last 6 or 7 years) has "bet your booty" = "bet your ass" Originally African-American slang, it has spread into the general (youth) culture. 35 years ago, the hot phrase was "bet your bippie" as popularized on the tv show "Laugh In." (End of archival material.)
: : : : :::Thanks, ESC. I had checked the archives before I posted, and although the phrase was there at the end --- there was no definition of a 'bippy'. I guess I can guess, but is it a term without a definition?
: : : I think it was almost always "you bet your sweet bippie". At least that's how I remember Dick Martin saying it on the show.
: : Here's all I've found:
: : BIPPY - A jocular euphemism for ass, as in "bet your (sweet) bippy) by Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, an NBC-TV comedy series. It was discussed, this reference tells us, in "Comments on Ety.", in Jan. 1982, but none of the discussion is included. From "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994.
: ::::Thanks, ESC. I should have known, once the 'sweet' was inserted in the expression, that only one meaning could reasonably be attached to 'bippy'. That we can find a researched and reasoned answer to a question like this is cause enough to love this site.
Yes Laugh In. Several gems arose from that brilliant series. And it occurs to me that many of these were in fact nothing but the insane imagination of the show's creators. Ya gotta admit, Bippie's a good word, even if it's not a real one.