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Hello,

Is it "bear naked" or "bare naked"?

Bear has many meanings. Two of which are

1. To exhibit or show, as in bear resemblance
2. to conduct (oneself, or body)

Bare though is an adjective. It means without covering or clothing; naked.

Is it bare naked, to be "naked naked", or To exhibit/ conduct oneself without covering?

So is it "bear naked" or "bare naked"?

Not a trick question, I honestly want to know the answer.
 

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Bare naked.
 

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the sentence to use the phrase is  is "He was ______ naked,.." Is it that bare is describing the guy's nakedness?
 

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Bare. And the words "bare naked" are redundant. Bare means the same as naked. :) A person is either naked or they are not.
 

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There is a company called Bear Naked Inc, and I want to point to the irony that there is no three references to tap into on the internet for this phrase. I am seeing one reference, but I need 3 references before I can change it.
 

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Caddy said:
Bare. And the words "bare naked" are redundant. Bare means the same as naked. :) A person is either naked or they are not.
Yeah, the phrase is a colloquialism. Casual. I wouldn't use it in formal writing but in an informal voice.
 

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Kyra Halland said:
Yeah, the phrase is a colloquialism. Casual. I wouldn't use it in formal writing but in an informal voice.
Yeah, like buck naked, or bare-assed naked. "The guy was running around bare-assed naked, and he didn't seem to care!"
 

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According to Amazon, it can be bear naked...as long as there are bear shifters involved.  At least four titles on Amazon confirm this.
 

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Kyra Halland said:
Yeah, the phrase is a colloquialism. Casual. I wouldn't use it in formal writing but in an informal voice.
It would work in dialogue. But in narrative, I'd avoid it.
 

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Thanks. And I think I remember that phrase from high school, "You can't be naked twice!".
 

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"Bear Naked" would be a great LGBT title. With hairy men. Given the current street meaning of "bear" I wouldn't use that spelling unless you knew your audience pretty well.

(I had a client once who ran niche, um, visual entertainment sites. He wasn't referring to Pooh or Paddington.
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Bare naked.

Also, is it "butt naked" or "buck naked"?

This reminds me of the grammar dispute, "bare-faced" vs. "bold-faced," as in, "He told a bare-faced lie."  I think that both are correct usage. I prefer bare-faced because of the historical background. In olden days: If a man was bare-faced, that meant he was clean-shaven, not hiding his features behind a mustache and beard. He was brazen enough to tell you a lie with his bare face. He didn't care if you could identify him.

Or he could tell you a bear-faced lie, if he was a shape shifter.  :D
 
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