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Is anyone familar with the name "Betty" being a derogatory term?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by vegaas, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. vegaas


    Nov 6, 2001
    I have never heard this before, but someone told a memeber of one of my bands that Betty is also slang for someone who is a homosexual. Is this true?
    I ask, because in one of my bands we came up with the name "Hot Buttered Betty". We thought it was a funny name because we thought everyone would assume our female singers name was Betty. However, if it is slang for homosexual, then it gives it a whole new meaning.
  2. Vince S.

    Vince S. Resident Former Bassist

    Jan 24, 2003
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Not too long ago, a "Betty" in surf-speak was a hot chick.
    ("Wilma" was the opposite of a "Betty").

    ...then again, maybe it was too long ago(?).
    Slang changes pretty quick!

    I checked out the Urban Dictionary.
    IMO, "Betty" came from The Flintstones & not The Archies. Why else would there be a "Wilma"?
    And...sorry, Rosie O'Donnell was totally miscast in the movie version. Rosie's a "Betty"?!
    Me thinks not.
  4. I am the evil Betty. - Kung Pow.
  5. That's interesting. I'd never heard of the Police being referred to as Betty. :confused:

    I have heard the name Mary being used as a derogatory term for a homosexual, as in: "Don't get your panties all bunched up, Mary."

  6. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Betties were the girls who hung out with skaters/surfers in the late 80s/early 90s.

    BTW, I know a guy who is in a band called Hot Buttered Elvis. That was extra funny to me because my dad used to always make a joke about getting porn for Christmas: "What's this? a movie? Is it Hot Buttered Elves?!?!?"

    So hey, we know the "hot buttered" thing at least is good for a chuckle, in almost any context.

    PS: John Stabb (sp?) from Gov't Issue started a new band a few years back called Betty Blue, I had lunch with him one day when they were in town doin' something. If it were a homosexual slang thing I'd think somebody woulda mentioned it, especially in that particular band name.
  7. I've heard of being called a nancyboy.

    Hey dave, where in VA are you from?
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Back in my youth, it was "Sally".
    (IMO, more about being a wuss vs. someone's sexual orientation).
  9. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Right now I'm in Spraaaangfield. When I first moved to VA, it was Falls Church. I'm originally from across the river (in Waldump, yeesh - i escaped!).
  10. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    At a young age, I learned from my dad in a special father-son moment that a "betty" was a good-looking female.
  11. vegaas


    Nov 6, 2001
    Ok, good to know that no one has ever heard of that. I guess we can keep our name. :D
  12. Cool! I'm definitely not far from you. Annandale's right inbetween falls church and springfield. Just across the beltway on the inside. (actually I live wihthin 1/10 of a mile from Falls Church--most of my friends live there. Also, the members of my former (graudated) band all lived in Springfield)

    I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one from around here! Most of the others from northern VA are alwasy in chantilly or reston or something.
  13. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    In the early 90's I played in a band with a skate/surf type. One of my favorite expressions he would use:

    "rock hard grommit betty"

    translation: an attractive jailbait-type girl.