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Re: "Tough titties"

Posted by SR on February 18, 2004

In Reply to: Re: "Tough titties" posted by Smokey Stover on February 18, 2004

: : Can anyone help me with the origin and actual meaning to "Tough Titties"

: : thanks

: Am I wrong to believe this is just another alternate to "tough shit"? Originally, "That's tough," "Tough luck!" and a few similar expressions were sympathetic expressions. But one began to hear "Tough!" enunciated with a particular tone of voice to mean "That's life; live with it!" Perhaps the unsympathetic "tough shit" emerged because just unsympathetic "tough!" was insufficiently distinguished from sympathetic "tough," and needed emphasis by attaching a vulgarism. "Ttough titties" just provides another way of saying it, although I'm not sure it is still current. I have no clue as to first use of any of these. SS

: I believe that the complete saying is something on the order of, " 'Tough titties' said the kitty, 'but the milk is mighty fine.' "
This should be self-explanatory!