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.