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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 39. The word origin today

  • or the term today the origin is to butter someone up. Okay. Good. Let's

  • take a look at the note here. If someone butters up another person, he or she

  • praises someone a lot in order to gain his or her favor. Okay or is sometimes

  • used before delivering bad news or asking for favors. So if you're buttering

  • someone up you're trying to make them feel better. You're getting them ready for

  • something, usually some bad news , asking for a favor or something like that. Okay.

  • Let's continue. Most sources claim the origin of this phrase came from an old

  • ancient Indian custom of tossing like throwing or tossing balls of ghee. I guess

  • that's how you pronounce it, which is clarified butter. Okay. What's clarified

  • butter ? We have that down here. Clarified butter has been made clear by heating. So

  • they heated it up to make it clearer and guess they're throwing that.. Okay

  • clarified butter at particular gods in order to gain their favor. Even though I

  • don't know we sometimes think this is strange. Wouldn't , wouldn't that make the

  • gods angry if you throwing butter on them ? Or maybe they like it. Maybe they

  • think it's nice and shiny. I don't know. By buttering up the statues it was hoped

  • they would have a good you know, have good harvests and peace. Peace you know not

  • war. Okay. Good. So let's continue. Let's look at a couple of examples. The way we

  • may hear it still used today. Every time you try to butter me up, it means you are

  • going to ask me for a loan. Maybe this person already knows. Like don't. Don't

  • try to butter me up. I'm not doing that you know that's where we might hear it

  • or the second one you had better do a lot of buttering up if you plan on

  • asking him for that favor. So he's not going to give that favor very easily. So you

  • better butter him up really well. Okay, Anyway I hope you got it. I hope

  • it's clear. I hope it was informative. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 39. The word origin today

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A2 BEG US butter clarified favor buttering throwing tossing

English Tutor Nick P Word Origin (39) Butter Someone Up

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