[Ads-l] tits and ass - 1961

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Aug 5 07:38:25 UTC 2015


At least 18 months ago, I recall a bartender talking a type of customer 
who likes tits and ass.

Labeling it chiefly North American, the Oxford Dictionary site says 
(https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/tits-and-ass?q=tits+and+ass): 
"Used in reference to the use of crudely sexual images of women."

That doesn't exactly apply to what the bartender was talking about.

Wiktionary doesn't have the whole expression, but it does have "T&A" 
(https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/T%26A): "Scantily-clad women, or 
entertainment featuring scantily clad women."

I think that fits better.

Barry Popik 
(http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2000-November.txt) has 
a 1965 citation for "tits and ass."

Comedian Lenny Bruce used the expression, according to YouTube, at his 
"The Carnegie Hall Concert": 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axEGY1zWe8g. According to Wikipedia 
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenny_Bruce) that occurred in 1961.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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