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