Why call boobs, tits?

There’s many mysteries that one can ponder in life… “why is the sky blue?”, “why are we here?”, “why does MTV still exist?”, “why does Snooki from Jersey Shore look like a fat midget shemale?”or “why is facebook so damn popular?”.  One particular deep question that I’ve had is about tits.  In particular, why call boobs, tits?  George Carlin had this famous skit back in the 70′s, “The Seven Dirty Words” where he was talking about these seven words that were banned by the FCC from ever being mentioned on the airwaves.  One of them was the word “tits.” He was saying that tits was a very innocent term.  You can use it as a nickname, somebody’s nickname… you know like, “hey tits what’s up?”.  I think that tits just have a collegial tone to it.  So why call boobs, tits? Besides the fact that it’s a synonym, that’s how language evolves, boobs has a particular concept.

Boobs has more of a polite kind of feel to it, like  “your boobs.” I guess it sounds exactly like a dumb person – boob.  But boobs is somewhat more innocent.  Tits, on the other hand, can be downright dirty.  Maybe because it’s very jocular.  Although George Carlin says it’s very innocently. Sure, it’s nice and innocent among men.  But with women it’s kind of brings an embarassing feel to it, a little bit more clinical.  I believe it is because it is based on the word “teats”–a cow has teats.  Tits are a big part of the cow’s anatomy, and equating a woman with the animal – a cow, I guess highlights some of that discomfort.  So if you’re gonna use the word tits, just call them boobs.  That’s why we call boobs, tits.  I think more for bringing up a more clinical dimension to the word.  But you wanna use it in a polite sense, I’d say stick to boobs.

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