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hammerbach
05-10-2003, 09:14 PM
Alright, UK Dopers... What is "PHUT"?

Reeder
05-10-2003, 10:29 PM
The sound of a silenced gunshot?

It is in the movies anyway.

AHunter3
05-11-2003, 08:08 PM
I think it's a place where dances take place.

I once saw this sign advertising the HIPHOPHUT and all of the people heading for the PHUT said they were going there to dance.

(I don't know who HIPHO is, though).

samclem
05-11-2003, 08:32 PM
Reeder is basically correct.

The OED cites Kipling(1888) first. They also add to go phut: to come to a sudden end; to break down, cease to function.

AskNott
05-11-2003, 09:44 PM
A wild guess: Is this the beef soup the Vietnamese pronounce "fuh?" If so, it's a staple of Viet cuisine, with a thousand variations.

Rabid_Squirrel
05-11-2003, 09:55 PM
Yeap, samclem, my father (a Chinese-Maylasian who spent time in the UK amongst the Welsh and Scots then moved to NZ) uses is a like you would use 'kaput' and 'fineto'.

He also uses it as a pseudo swear word amongst children; as a result I tend to say 'phut' alot under pressure.

DrFidelius
05-11-2003, 09:56 PM
Whence "phut?"

Um tut sut.

(We need some more context, bitte.)

samarm
05-11-2003, 10:03 PM
I'm sure I've seen it used to mean the sound of a dart or pellet being fired from a gun.

I'm not certain though...





Or maybe whence `phut` is /usr/dict/mystery

hammerbach
05-11-2003, 11:23 PM
I have seen this word "Phut" in the background on British television programs (Mr. Bean prompted this question). Is that a helpful context, DrFidelius?

Monty
05-12-2003, 12:12 AM
AskNott: The Vietnamese noodle soup is called Pho (the o has an accent mark which resembles a question mark minus the period). Phut (with an acute accent mark), though, is the Vietnamese word for minute (as in 60 seconds).

samclem
05-12-2003, 12:31 AM
hammerbach. Let me make it clearer. From the OED

An imitation of a dull, abrupt sound, esp. that of a firearm. Phr. to go phut: to come to a sudden end; to break down, cease to function. Also as n., the sound of something ‘going phut’.

1898 STEEVENS With Kitchener to Khartum 143 Thud! went the first gun, and phutt! came faintly back, as its shell burst on the zariba. [1898 J. M. FALKNER Moonfleet ix. 125 There came a flash of fire..and a fut, fut, fut, of bullets in the turf. 1917 ‘CONTACT’ Airman's Outings 242 He will sometimes hear the rattle of a mysterious machine-gun, or even the phut of a bullet.

hammerbach
05-12-2003, 09:30 AM
Yes, bu why would someone write that on a wall? Or on a sign?

Colophon
05-13-2003, 08:25 AM
Yes, bu why would someone write that on a wall? Or on a sign?
I don't know. I'm British and have never seen it.

dantheman
05-13-2003, 08:28 AM
I always used it as an abbrev. for Pizza Hut.

DrFidelius
05-13-2003, 08:49 AM
Well, as we know, Mr. Bean is the prime source for studying popular British culture.

Rather as I know that there are many short bald men around London whose heads are frequently mistaken for breasts, from studying Benny Hill.

Really hammerbach, it is an absurdist comedy programme. The set designers must have felt "Phut" would be a funny thing to write on a wall, or use as a running gag. (I must admit I have seen very few episodes of the show in question, as the character sets my teeth on edge.)

hammerbach
05-13-2003, 10:26 AM
Yes, I'm aware of all that (I wonder how many first impressions of American culture came from The A Team, or even worse, Jackass.) I have seen it elsewhere, but I can't remember where. Oh, well...

Colophon
05-13-2003, 01:01 PM
Ah ha.

...There follows an evening at CLUB PHUT...

From the www.hsn.dk/rowan/info3-1.html+%22mr+bean%22+phut&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 (http://216.239.57.104/search?q=cache:rlOCwUIp2W0C:Mr Bean episode guide (Site may have disappeared - link is to Google cache.

So, the writers of Mr Bean decided it would be funny to call a place "Club Phut". That was presumably on the wall in the episode you saw.

Colophon
05-13-2003, 01:03 PM
That link again:

http://216.239.57.104/search?q=cache:rlOCwUIp2W0C:www.hsn.dk/rowan/info3-1.html+%22mr+bean%22+phut&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

And another, that is still there:
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Zone/7474/tvmrbean.html

Disclaimer: remember, we Brits are much funnier than Mr Bean would suggest.

hammerbach
05-13-2003, 02:29 PM
Originally posted by r_k
Ah ha.



From the www.hsn.dk/rowan/info3-1.html+%22mr+bean%22+phut&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 (http://216.239.57.104/search?q=cache:rlOCwUIp2W0C:Mr Bean episode guide (Site may have disappeared - link is to Google cache.

So, the writers of Mr Bean decided it would be funny to call a place "Club Phut". That was presumably on the wall in the episode you saw.

No, that was the sign. I saw it scribbled on a wall in the episode in which he puts on swimming trunks over his trousers.
Some googling tells me that it might be connected to Thai resorts. but I have no time to follow that up.

And there is the theory that "Phut" might be shortened from HipHopHut". Dunno.

toadspittle
05-13-2003, 02:35 PM
Hmm. "Club Phut" obviously = "Club Foot" (the deformity); who knows what the grafitti is all about.