thing can be said about this once fairly common used British slang phrase...
that it now has global familiarity within the English speaking world
thanks to the acclaimed 1997 film of the same name. Few people ever
expected this traditional and typical British film comedy to ever make
the big time globally, but once it hit the shores of the States there
was no looking back for the phrase. As the popularity of the movie spiralled,
interest in this unusual expression increased and the UK lost another
piece of its enigmatic vernacular to the world.
For those who still don't know the real meaning of the phrase 'the full monty', it means the whole amount. Unfortunately its true origins, as with much slang, can only be speculated upon; what is known is that although previously used mainly in the North of England it really gained popularity throughout the UK in the early 1990's. Here's a selection of those origins:
Renowned linguists all have their own etymological favourites, and in their professional capacity attempt to discount the other speculations through their rational analysis of the facts. In my role as a less than intellectual linguist, I'll stand back and wait with bated breath for the unlikely day they may all agree. Until that time it's down to personal choice...
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