Quick Fact #443

TIFO Quick Fact-The Grand Teton Mountain is thought by many etymologists to derive from the French for Giant Tit

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  • “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.

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

  • My bad, I meant ‘synecdoche’.