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#172246 - 12/23/07 09:01 AM Greedy gus or guts
fajrdrako Offline
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I recently used the phrase "greedy gus" in a story I wrote set in England. (I am Canadian.) An English reader told me that the phrase was really "greedy guts". Since I had always heard it
as "greedy gus", or probably "Greedy Gus", I tried looking it up, and found both usages in different sources. Is this a difference in British and American language? If so, I find the British
version more logical - and the American version more colourful.

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#172247 - 12/23/07 10:51 AM Re: Greedy gus or guts [Re: fajrdrako]
dalehileman Offline
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I too had always heard it
as "greedy gus", and I'm in my 78th
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#172250 - 12/23/07 01:38 PM Re: Greedy gus or guts [Re: dalehileman]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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gus here.

welcome, faj!
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#172251 - 12/23/07 01:48 PM Re: Greedy gus or guts [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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OED1 cites greedy-gut(s) from 1550 for 'glutton'. DARE only has greedy-gut(s). (The UK version, 16th-18th century, is without the final s; the US 20th century is more likely to have the fional s.) Greedy Gus sounds to me like an eggcorn.
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#172253 - 12/23/07 03:53 PM Re: Greedy gus or guts [Re: zmjezhd]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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makes sense.
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#172268 - 12/24/07 09:14 AM Re: Greedy gus or guts [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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And here I'd just assumed it was some old comic strip character. Thanks for the info, Nuncle.

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#172283 - 12/25/07 04:13 PM Re: Greedy gus or guts [Re: AnnaStrophic]
Zed Offline
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I've always heard guts.

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