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cute as a button

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  • adjective simile Very cute.

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  • Folk etymologies anyone?

    January 4, 2008

  • I've always thought (with absolutely no proof) that it referred to a small ('button") mushroom. You know, little cap, bowing gently...

    We always referred to small mushrooms as "buttons."

    January 4, 2008

  • My grandma often said bright as a button and I've heard it elsewhere. I sense therefore that buttons were an object of admiration for their shininess. Of course it's also possible the two sayings developed independently.

    January 4, 2008

  • Folk etymologies here. I think Bilby's on the right lines - 'cute' was a contraction of 'acute', so originally it was another expression of bright as a button (the sense of bright having shifted from "shiny" to "smart").

    Button mushrooms certainly are cute, though.

    January 5, 2008

  • Well hell (as my sister says), buttons themselves are cute.

    January 5, 2008