The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1309 Friday, 27 June 2003
From: William Davis <
Date: Thursday, 26 Jun 2003 23:53:57 EDT
Subject: 14.1301 Re: "But me no buts"
Comment: Re: SHK 14.1301 Re: "But me no buts"
After searching through the list archives with my meager computer
skills, I couldn't quite find the entire thread about the phrase, "But
me no buts." So, at the risk of repeating what someone else has likely
already shared, I believe this phrase is an intentional, comedic
corruption of Gaunt's words in Richard II, who originally said, "Grace
me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle. I'm no traitor's uncle, and that
word grace in an ungracious mouth is but profane." (My apologies for
not having the exact citation, but I'm going from memory). Perhaps this
is why "But me no buts" sounds familiar - but don't quote me no quotes
on that, because I'm not absolutely sure.
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