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The Full Monty!
Professor David Crystal
Now that's a catchphrase from a film - a film title this time. I
mean, people often don't take film titles and make them
catchphrases. M-o-n-t-y, a name -capital 'M'. Now it had existed
before as a phrase - but this was a new film, in 1997, a British film
about a group of unemployed men, who take their clothes off to
earn some money.
Now in fact the origin of the word is back in the 1980s, it's rather
obscure word actually - nobody quite knows where it comes
from. It might have come from a firm of clothing manufacturers,
famous men's tailors called 'Montague Burton', a complete suit of
clothing in the 1970s, 80s, you'd say, we're "wearing the full
Monty" - and of course, one's talking about the lack of clothing
since the film came along.
So in another words, the modern meaning of the phrase is "everything which you
need" or "...is appropriate". If you're packing a suitcase you might say "I've got the
full Monty now"; or you're packing a car, "I've got the full Monty"; and when this
programme is over, you'll have had "the full Monty" too ....at least about this
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