A nervous titter

Posted by Shae on January 12, 2004

In Reply to: A nervous titter posted by WordCrafter on January 11, 2004

: There is an expression about a 'nervous titter going through the congregation'. nervous I can understand -- but why a titter?

A titter is a short, half-suppressed, laugh. 'A nervous titter going through the congregation' suggests that a speaker had made a comment that was not appropriate to the occasion but with which most people sympathised.