early "tits"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 11 05:25:33 UTC 2014

On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> not breasts but nipples

Exactly. "Teat" as "breast" strikes me as, well, messed up. Boar-hogs and
bullamacows (WAG: < "bull, a man cow"; used only in Marshall, Texas, BE,
AFAIK) have "teats" and not "tits."

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