Ow Bist, Ol Butt?

Greetings from Gloucestershire.

As I understand it, the Forest of Dean word Butty refers to a friend, work colleague or companion, especially in coal mining. It is thought that this word crossed the Atlantic with English settlers, and became the American Buddy.

Butty also applies to a canal barge being towed by, or being the companion to the main barge, known as the "Butty Boat".

Wikipedia has an interesting article on West Country dialects, of which Gloucestershire is part, and will explain 'bist' far better than I could.

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