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Are we sure that the plural of titmouse is titmice? Might this be one of those wonderful examples of inconsistency in the English language? Could it be titmouses?

---Dante Alighieri 20:11 May 1, 2003 (UTC)

"More used" as opposed to "more encyclopedic" is a judgment call I guess... - Hephaestos 20:19 May 1, 2003 (UTC)

I knew somebody would ask. I checked in the OED before submitting that article. Yes, it is titmice. The singular mutated from titmose to titmouse around 1606, then some bright spark in 1655 decided that the plural ought to be titmice, so now it's accepted. Titmouses is not, and never was, a correct alternative. -- Heron

Huh? So what did they use between 1606 and 1655 for the plural? -- John Owens

Your guess is as good as mine. Perhaps they said "There's a titmouse. Oh look, there's another one." -- Heron

I think in practice the term is rarely used except as part of the species name of some American Paridae. Tit is standard in the UK, and Chickadee in the USA. I settled for Titmouse as being intelligible on both sides of the pond, and avoiding the obvious problem with Tit or the unwieldy Tit (bird} jimfbleak 10:06 May 14, 2003 (UTC)

"Titmouse" would be correct

There are no references to any long-tailed tits, Bearded Tit and penduline tits in any of my birding reference materials and I suggest that although humorous, these jeers be excluded from this page.

Well, if they don't occur in the USA, of course thay can't be real. Strange that I've seen all the listed species-must be dreaming. Also, comments should be added to the bottom of a page. jimfbleak 07:44 21 Jun 2003 (UTC)


I see...yes, you are correct! Now that I looked beyond my own boarders. It seems our tits are much smaller than those found in European Nations. I saw fine illustrations of more swollen varieties as I expanded my search. I never dreamed of so many tits as I have seen this night.


Moving this here, a dictionary definition that isn't too encyclopedic (renders only 500 hits on google) -- jiy 04:44, July 30, 2005 (UTC)

  • TiT can also refer to a "Tranceaddict in Training", or someone who is most likely going to ask about Tiësto, how to download Trance music MP3's, or spam free I-Pods.

What is there to stop a person adding a link to a porn site from the word tit, or straight to a virus link?

Nothing, but then, what is to stop a person from removing such links? —jiy (talk) 00:11, 11 November 2005 (UTC)[reply]


What is the etymology of tit? I think it is from a Germanic language, but then again I don't really know. Sabrebattletank

Usage in Eric Bogle's "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda"[edit]

The word "tit" appears to be an Australian usage for "head" . . . as in the phrase "head over heels" or "end over end".

Can anyone explain the usage of "tit" in the lyrics of the song? Is it derived from the French "tete"? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:29, 2 December 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Tits (vulg.)[edit]

I believe this words is occasionally used in vulgar common language to refer to an anatomical feature of female humans. I was surprised not to find any mention of this. In all seriousness, I know that Wikipedia is not a dictionary, but this seems to be important enough to mention (or possibly even have its own article, but I'm not an etymologist so I wouldn't know anything about it). Quickly checking a few variations shows that these all redirect to Breast which is what I would've done -- however, I personally think that there should also be a paragraph in that article mentioning the different terms and their origins, maybe? ...unless I'm missing something, there is no article about or mention of slang terms for breasts. Seems culturally significant to me, plenty of articles about it (I'd imagine) -- but maybe I'm alone with my opinion. (Oh, I did see the reference to "teat", but that's not my point; in my opinion its use as vulgar slang is noteworthy!) (talk) 23:35, 20 February 2010 (UTC)[reply]

There were lots of deletions in the changes to the article on 13 November 2009, which included the information you are referring to. If you want to discuss the issue with the user who did it, add a section to that person's talk page. Obankston (talk) 06:37, 21 February 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I'd support the inclusion of a mention of the breast, as per such and yeah. Feel free to edit it in. Sabrebattletank (talk) 08:49, 21 February 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I would have, but the article is semi-protected. (And no, I will not register :P) (talk) 20:19, 28 February 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I've added a link to breast in the other uses section, per Merriam-Webster's definition. I was surprised that this wasn't included, considering how frequently it's used in common language. Brainmachine (talk) 15:10, 4 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]

This is also used as a vulgar Brit slang meaning a stupid person/dumbass. Reference the movie "Snatch_(film)" Andy_Howard (talk) 13:08, 17 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Disambiguation pages are not guides to slang usage. Dictionary-type definitions that do not have articles (or links that meet the criteria of WP:DABRL or MOS:DABMENTION) can be found in Wiktionary (assuming the usage is verifiable, of course). olderwiser 14:02, 17 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Breast >>>of a woman<<<?[edit]

AFAIK there's nothing gender specific, males also have tits... http://youtube.com/watch?v=rczswbjNIBA

Divinity76 (talk) 06:37, 4 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]