Posted by ESC on February 18, 2005
In Reply to: Buttinski posted by Steve on February 18, 2005
: Not sure of the spelling; but would like to know the origin of this "phrase"..
: Most I can figure out...comes from movies? made pre/during/post WW2..
: ie: "Don't be such a buttinski."
: Thanks for your help.
One reference says it dates back to the 1920s. But this reference has a citation from 1902. Buttinski or buttinsky -- butt + in + sky. "Sky" being a common ending to Slavic names. "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994.