I am referring to this past note https://thenabokovian.org/node/813
In this quote from Lolita, Humbert makes a metalinguistic commentary on the pronunciation of "bas" by Monique, the Parisian prostitute with whom he had had relations in his youth. Monique is ecstatic to be able to buy stockings with the money received by Humbert. It's said she pronounces "bas" as "bot".
Stopping before a window display she said with great gusto: “Je vais m’acheter des bas!” and never may I forget the way her Parisian childish lips exploded on “bas,” pronouncing it with an appetite that all but changed the “a” into a brief buoyant bursting “o” as in “bot.”
Didier machu noted and hesitation between French and English. According to him the word "bot" in English could be an allusion to botflies, insects widespread in hot environments. If we interpret the word in French, it would be an allusion to the collocation "pied bot", and would thus cause, beyond a comic effect, a reference to the gait of Lord Byron who had a club foot.
I was wondering if anyone has covered this excerpt and solved its mystery ! thanks in advance.