A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 02, 2010
“Well, butter my buns and call me a biscuit”

"Well, butter my buns and call me a biscuit” (or, “Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit") is a mock Southern expression for surprise. There are many jocular expressions that are similar in structure, such as, “Well, slap my ass and call me Sally!”

The phrase is cited in print from at least 1999.


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From: Jodith
Date: 1999/01/19
Subject: Humor: more southernisms

SOUTHERN COMMENTS

Exclamations:
“Well, knock me down and steal muh teeth!”
“Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.”
“Ahm fixin ta do that”
(My personal favorite is “I’m serious as a heart attack").

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From: “yankee7”
Date: 1999/11/13
Subject: Re: Redneck Dictionary of Idioms

> Exclamations of surprise:
> “Well, knock me down and steal muh teeth!”
> “Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!”

22 January 2000, Tampa (FL) Tribune, “Smiles,” pg. 15:
“Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.”

15 November 2000, Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News, “Nourishment Much More Than Food,” pg. E6:
Yes, topics such as how the expression ``Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit’’ originated.

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From: Tom
Date: 2000/06/08
Subject: Re: This sickens me!

> There is a lot of American influence in our culture and I know this,
> I was just being facetious. I’m sorry. Slap me on the buttocks
> with a live haddock and call me Susan, forgive me okay.

In the south, they say “Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit”.

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From: Samuel Sands
Date: 2000/08/14
Subject: Re: 40 Yrs

Well, butter my buns and call me toast! Congratulations, Jim and condolences to yer wife. :^)

Google Books
Greta Garbage’s Outrageous Bathroom Book
By Greta Garbage
Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press
2001
Pg. 202:
“Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit.”

Google Books
Dancing with Elvis
By Lynda Stephenson
Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
2005
Pg. 116:
“Well, butter my buns and call me a biscuit.”

WRAL.com (NC)
Hissy Fits & Grits
Posted: Sep 6, 2007
(...)
Former WRAL personality Susan Dahlin has tapped into the rich reservoir of Southern expressions to launch a business. It’s called “SweeTea.” Susan and business partner Karen Hall have splashed colorful sayings on t-shirts and other apparrel.

Here are some of Susan’s favorites : “Well, butter my buns and call me a biscuit”, “Hissy Fit” and “I swannee.”

OCLC WorldCat record
Butter my butt and call me a biscuit : and other country sayings, say-so’s, hoots and hollers
Author: Allan Zullo; Gene Cheek
Publisher: Kansas City, MO : Andrews McMeel Pub., ©2009.
Edition/Format: Book : English

Zazzle.com
Butter My Buns And Call Me A Biscuit
T-shirt
Product id: 235028587813337018
Made on 8/1/2009 8:25 PM

Posted by Barry Popik
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