Itty bitty...

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 26 05:26:14 UTC 2007

FWIW, I first heard this spoken by "Prof. Irwin Corey, the world's
foremost authority," at the Redd Foxx night club in Los Angeles
ca.1965. The Prof was opening for Flip Wilson. My date was Valerie
Redd, who shortly thereafter became one of Flip's spare pieces of
pussy. This was probably my closest brush with greatness, having the
celebrated Flip Wilson tapping the same ass that I was. Of course, I
was, at the time, not immediately made fully aware of this
six-degrees-of-separation connection with the late, great comedian.
But, depite the tone of this post, I'm not bitter,,


On 1/25/07, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:
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> On 1/25/07, Scot LaFaive <spiderrmonkey at> wrote:
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> > Anyone know of the use of "itty bitty titty committee" prior to 1992? I
> > found one from Google Groups (nice new look) from '92.
> Tantalizingly close, from a 1983 article by Martin Gardner in _Word
> Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics_:
> "And have you heard of IBTA, an organization opposed to topless
> swimsuits? The letters stand for the Itty Bitty Titty Association."
> The article ("Kickshaws")  also appears in the anthology _Gardner's
> Whys & Wherefores_:
> --Ben Zimmer
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