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Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Meaning of Betty

posted by on June 21 at 14:18 PM

Betty is the name of a new restaurant on top of Queen Anne. (It’s owned by the same people who own Crow, on lower Queen Anne.) The name Betty may conjure up a number of things: someone’s great-aunt’s dessert, or Betty Boop/Betty-and-Veronica/Bettie Page/Bette Davis, or Betty as the term for a female snowboarder. But somebody (delicately) said it’s also slang for “a certain part of the female anatomy.” News to me.

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Posted by cruelshoes | June 21, 2007 2:34 PM

Lauren Bachall's nickname was Betty and now the term Betty refers to a beautiful woman in the mold of Betty Bachall. See Clueless.

Posted by Jersey | June 21, 2007 2:44 PM

I can't separate Betty from Veronica (and wouldn't want to).

Posted by elswinger | June 21, 2007 2:52 PM

IIRC, "Betty" was also used by the '60's surfing subculture when referring to a female wave rider, and thus the source for the term later co-opted by snowboarders.

Posted by COMTE | June 21, 2007 3:03 PM

@4 is right.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 21, 2007 3:24 PM

# 4 is correct but I think the owners just liked the name. Said "They never met a Betty they didn't like." Now, with Bethany's topic that could be a littel dirty. I never met a hoo-haa I didn't like...

Posted by serror | June 21, 2007 3:59 PM

Always heard it as retro-flavored slang, a generic term for an attractive woman. As in "Hello, Betty!"

See also "23 Skidoo!"

Posted by flamingbanjo | June 21, 2007 5:08 PM

I hope they have more competent staff than Crow. I ate there once and it was a miserable experience.

Posted by grumpypants | June 21, 2007 5:18 PM

Shake, shake, shake,
Shake, shake, shake,
Shake your betty!
Shake your betty!

- KC and the Sunshine Boys, 1976.

Posted by Smarm | June 21, 2007 7:18 PM

Crow is fab grumpypants. Can't wait to try Betty! One bad experience could be a fluke, or just your lousy attitude.

Posted by hunh? | June 21, 2007 11:08 PM

so, you do know what part of the female anatomy "bethany" is slang for, right?

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