Posted by ESC on October 24, 2000
In Reply to: Cute as a button. posted by Tarquin on October 24, 2000
: It's listed, but not in the origins section. anybody have a reference to the origin?
CUTE AS A BUTTON - "cute, charming, attractive, almost always with the connotation of being small, 1868 (from the original 1731 English meaning of 'acute' or clever). Cute as a bug's ear, 1930; cute as a bug in a rug, 1942; cute as a button, 1946. Cute and keen were two of the most overused slang words of the late 1920s and 1930s." From "Listening to America" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1992.)