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    Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    Hello, I'd like to ask you about the word "Betty".
    Does it have a special meaning other than a girll's name?
    Maybe something like a substitute?

    It's a part of the lyrics of an English song.
    It says...
    "The day he wants to talk about forever is your cue to doubt.
    I'll be your Betty if he ever gets bored with you".

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    Re: Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    'betty' is a slang word for a good looking woman. "look at that betty over there!"

    It is also used as a term for drugs (illicit)

    and (ahem) a certain part of the female anatomy
    Expert Blogs Hot Spots - How’s Your Betty? on Yahoo! Health


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    Re: Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    Thank you, curmudgeon!

    This is a song by a male singer-songwriter, so I guess the "Betty" in this case doesn't apply to the first one (a good looking woman) and the third one (... )...Am I right?
    So...Does "I'll be your Betty" mean "I'll be your drug"???


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    Re: Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    or...maybe...is this related?
    Betty Boop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    There are more betty bits here.

    Betty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Who's the singer/writer and what's the name of the song?


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    Re: Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    Daniel Powter.
    The name of the song is "I'm your betty".
    It's from his indie album "I'm your betty" released in 2000.

    I guess you're broken up over, and soon he'll beletting you down
    I will save your awful night, and cool this busted ego
    and I do not have what it takes to get you to follow me
    and if I offer anythig - would you change for me
    so don't give in to anything - to loneliness and all it brings
    I'll walk away but I'm a junkie when it comes to you
    and the day he wants to talk about foever is your cue to doubt
    I'll be your Betty if he ever gets bored with you


    It's a slow, beautiful, and sad song.

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    Re: Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    Well there is a reference to drugs... 'but i'm a junkie when it comes to you'

    So perhaps it's that. otherwise I'm stuck. I'll try a bit of research


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    Re: Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    Thank you for taking your time for this.

    Come to think of it, this album was written when he had a problem with drugs, and it has another song called “Ellis Dee” (it sounds like LSD).
    Amazon.com: I'm Your Betty: Music: Daniel Powter
    So maybe…yeah, it’s that.
    Then, I’ll be your drug…which comforts you and makes you feel better?
    His lyrics often contain mystery.

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    Re: Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    I've found that the Urban Dictionary credits the term to a "renowned dominatrix", whom I guess has made it to a certain popular distiction.

    See: Urban Dictionary: Betty Page

    This is somewhat supported by the context seen in Google results: "be your Betty" - Google Search
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Re: Does "Betty" has a special meaning?

    There are also references to Betty Crocker: Betty Crocker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, a fictional character developed "as a way to give a personalized response to consumer product questions" (ie, someone you can rely on).
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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