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Cutie is a slang term used to refer to someone who is cute.

Where did the word, pie, in the expression "Cutie Pie" come from? And what is the history behind this expression?

I can't seem to find any references to it.

  • Related:scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/5501/… – user66974 Jun 12 '14 at 5:20
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The term seems to be in use before Nicholas Fisk wrote his story so it may be that he popularized the term rather than coining it. The earliest reference I could dig up was a pony named "Cutie Pie" who won a modest sum in a show ponies convention in 1919, so it's possible that the term was in use as a diminutive nickname, perhaps to mean something like cute + sweet (as a pie).

The Oxford English Dictionary points out a reference from a year later of a cat called "Cutie Pie" mentioned in the Washington Post. They do not attempt to provide an etymology however, other than to say that "cutie" is a derivative of "cute" and then to point to the phrase "sweetie-pie" as probably related. Like "Cutie Pie" the earliest instances I could find was as the name for a pet (dog in this case) in 1922.

  • Can you please provide dates for both references? – Mari-Lou A Jun 12 '14 at 5:59
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    pie is a common shortening of piebald in the horsey world. – Frank Jun 12 '14 at 6:37
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    I found a 1916 referring to a person. – Hugo Jun 12 '14 at 13:43
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I don't know what the pie means, but the phrase dates at least to November 28, 1916, as found in The Washington Herald:

(Characters-Harry th' barkeep over th' phone with someone in Washington.)

Someone-Hello! Is 'at you, Harry? Well, say! Listen! Listen, kid! Ain't It no way you can get off Thanksgivin' an' take me over t' see th' football at Georgetown?

Harry-Not a chance, Cutie-Pie! I'm still in th' hands o' my Oculist!

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  • I've sent this antedating to the OED. – Hugo Jun 12 '14 at 13:48
  • This is awesome. If you don't mind my asking, how did you find the article? Lexis? – pavja2 Jun 12 '14 at 14:02
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    I found it in the Chronicling America archive. Click the newspaper name for a link to the site. – Hugo Jun 12 '14 at 14:24
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Cutie Pie is story by Nicholas Fisk. It is a story included in several high schools' English syllabus. Google, "Cutie Pie by Nicholas Fisk" and you'll get the answer.

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