Friday, November 18, 2011


Tit, meaning breast, comes from Old English for teat.
Tit, meaning small,
like Titmouse
has a Viking origin and apparently has nothing to do with the theory that 12th century Scandinavian women has tiny breasts.

Tit for Tat
May have come from the phrase "tap for tat" meaning blow for blow. Better than the alternative - the only dictionary definition for tat is "the act of making lace" and the phrase "breasts for lace" implies that frilly bras were imagined long before they were invented.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


A buffoon is a stupid person, a clown. It entered English in the 16th century from the Italian word, buffone, by way of the French, bouffon. Both words meaning a jester.

From one perspective being a buffoon is a profession, like a carpenter or smith. Think of that the next time you hear Donald Trump sound like an idiot running for President. Perhaps he is just playing the clown to hype his TV show.