Quick Fact #443

Noreen June 8, 2013 3
TIFO Quick Fact-The Grand Teton Mountain is thought by many etymologists to derive from the French for Giant Tit
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3 Comments »

  1. Xav June 10, 2013 at 6:33 am - Reply

    “Teton” is actually the exact french translation for tit, a kind of less-mature word for breasts. It comes from the verb “Tèter” which is the act of sucking liquid out of something, like breastmilk.

    Also, “I like motorboating in the Grand Teton” totally makes sense.

  2. Artur June 10, 2013 at 8:28 am - Reply

    “Téton” means “nipple”, and only means “tit” via metonymy. (source: I’m French)

  3. Artur June 10, 2013 at 8:30 am - Reply

    My bad, I meant ‘synecdoche’.

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