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astro
08-02-2006, 08:33 PM
From Mel Gibson's little exercise in alcoholic street theatre the other day (http://thevoiceofreason.com/2006/08/MelGibsonThirdApology.htm)

Is this some Australian slang? It sounds like something a bad scriptwriter might dream up. It this valid street slang, or something he conjured up on the spot?

WOOKINPANUB
08-02-2006, 08:42 PM
I wish!

Seriously, IIRC there was an Australian tv show on in the early '80s(late '70s maybe?) called The Prisoner of Cell Block H. It was a soap opera that took place in a women's prison, and one of the screw's (that's prison talk for guards ;) ) nickname was Vinegar Tits. Let me tell you, it took me so long to figure out what they were saying. I kept thinking it was "pretty good tits", but that didn't seem quite right. . .
Can any of our friends down under back me up here?

Rachael Rage
08-02-2006, 08:48 PM
No one has ever called me that before (no idea why, my tits seem sweet enough to me... :confused: ), but it sounds familiar. Don't know if I've read it, or seen it in a movie or what, but I'm sure I've heard it before.

I'm born and bred in the U.S. I used to work with a bunch of Aussies, but I don't recall hearing any of them use it.

Revtim
08-02-2006, 08:59 PM
Also born in bred in the US, and I've heard the expression. Can't recall ever hearing it used in real life.

Dr. Woo
08-02-2006, 09:06 PM
I've never been called sugar tits, but I've been called 'sugar britches' many times when I lived in the American south.

Okay, so it was 30 years ago . . .

betenoir
08-02-2006, 09:18 PM
I've heard it but I'm pretty sure only in cheesy movies written by bad scriptwirters. Somehow, though, the idea that Mel Gibson derives his personal dialogue from bad scriptwriters doesn't come as a huge surprise to me.

Evil Captor
08-02-2006, 10:25 PM
My great-aunt Bess used this term many years ago. Only she used the singular form. She was referring to one sibling who was clearly favored above another by his mother, and said, "He sure go the sugar tit." I thought it was a striking phrase, so I still remember it.

For the record, my great-aunt Bess was an Appalachian woman contemporaneous with my great grandfather, who called me "stout" when he meant "strong" and told me to "tote" things when he wanted me to carry or fetch them. As in "tote that bag over here."

However, I suspect the term is much wider in use than archaic Appalachian slang.

Cunctator
08-02-2006, 10:25 PM
Seriously, IIRC there was an Australian tv show on in the early '80s(late '70s maybe?) called The Prisoner of Cell Block H. It was a soap opera that took place in a women's prison, and one of the screw's (that's prison talk for guards ;) ) nickname was Vinegar Tits.Yes, the show was called Prisoner and one of the guards was nicknamed Vinegar Tits by the prisoners: link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner_%28TV_series%29)

I've not heard the expression sugar tits though.

ZipperJJ
08-03-2006, 12:49 AM
Wow that just brought up some sort of repressed memory in me.

I was never called "sugar tits" but for some reason I remember being called "sweet tits" by some boy I'd met online when I was much younger, and going all "eew eew gross!" on him and telling all my girl friends.

Hmm....I'm going to have to have a long think on what that all was about.

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
08-03-2006, 01:02 AM
There's actually a community in my little state called "Sugar Tit."

http://wspa.com/midatlantic/spa/onyourside.apx.-content-articles-SPA-2006-07-19-0015.html

Rubystreak
08-03-2006, 01:06 AM
Yes, jokingly. It's a very silly thing to say.

Leaper
08-03-2006, 01:47 AM
Ahhh, so that's why the term was used on This Week in God!

jimbeam
08-03-2006, 04:49 AM
Sugar tits! mmm-good ;)
... Taken quite literally, historically it's what they used to do when a baby wouldn't nurse in the old days. Put some honey or molasses on the mother's nipple to start the baby to nurse. Often a bottle with regular or sweetened milk would replace breast milk if the baby wouldn't nurse.
As a bad joke, it was what you would call a little boy who was a sissy. He wouldn't drink regular milk he only wanted chocolate milk...
John Wayne used the term in his movie "The Cowboys" when the boys were acting like little kids, the cook asked the Duke if he needed to fix the boys some sugar tits. (A bottle with sweet milk in it.)
Yeah, I come from an old Texas family.

Cicero
08-03-2006, 05:49 AM
Certainly not an Australian term in common use- well, not in my domain anyway. Cunctator is correct about Prisoner which was a bloody awful show. It's closeness to real life is only reflected by my thoughts of what Big Brother would be like. (Never having watched it).

Least Original User Name Ever
08-03-2006, 06:10 AM
Hm. Sugar tits? I've said it before.

Then again, some kids called this fat kid "Missiletits" in high school. Yes, very mean.

Creaky
08-03-2006, 03:38 PM
Wow, that's weird. I went to school with a guy who used to call me that. We were grad assistant TAs together. Believe me, at that time there was nothing sugary about me, which is why I guess it was funny. I assumed it was something he made up. He was a four-and-a-half-foot tall dude in a body brace who looked and acted like Toulouse Lautrec on speed. He's dead now. I miss him.

Cyn
08-03-2006, 05:26 PM
I've never been refered to as Sugar Tits OR a Throbbibg Mattress Kitten.
I'm still not over the lack of Mattress Kitten.

Seriously, I've never heard anyone in my whole life, off the silver screen, utter the phrase 'Sugar Tits'.

Blanche
08-03-2006, 05:36 PM
My great-grandmother used to make these things for babies to suck on that I think were called sugar tits, though my memory is hazy. They were cloth wrapped around sugar and something else.

Ah, they are mentioned under the "pacifier" entry at Wikipedia. I knew I wasn't crazy.

pokey
08-03-2006, 07:38 PM
One of my friends' boyfriends used to call her sugar tits. He was Canadian. She didn't really like it.

DianaG
08-03-2006, 07:46 PM
Only by people who know.

spingears
08-03-2006, 08:07 PM
From Mel Gibson's little exercise in alcoholic street theatre the other day (http://thevoiceofreason.com/2006/08/MelGibsonThirdApology.htm)

Is this some Australian slang? It sounds like something a bad scriptwriter might dream up. It this valid street slang, or something he conjured up on the spot?IIRC years ago, in the mid west, a sugar tit was a scrap of cloth tied up in a little bundle of 1 tsp sugar) to quiet babies from crying.

Also to shut up older kids pestering the adults as in "Do you want me to make you a sugar tit?

susan
08-03-2006, 08:31 PM
The Prisoner of Cell Block H.Highlights of which were just offered on DVD at a nice discount by Deadalus Books.

Slithy Tove
08-03-2006, 09:28 PM
"Sugar Tits," now with added Riboflavin! Kids love them 'cause they taste so good. Moms love them 'cause they're so good for them!

betenoir
08-03-2006, 10:18 PM
Well yeah but now it's Corn Syrup Tits. No wonder the officer was offended. It's like Mel was calling her out-of-date.

Mahaloth
08-04-2006, 10:06 PM
Mrs. Mahaloth has informed me that a guy(yes...a guy) she knew in college wanted people to call him "Sugar Tits".

He was weird, my wife adds.

Mehitabel
08-04-2006, 11:48 PM
In Married with Children, Marcy used to call her first husband Steve "Sugar Tush". And in those tight 80s pants...never mind.

Never heard Sugar Tits either. But I do know that it, like any other phrase with the word "tits" in it, is not a good thing to call someone who is in the process of arresting you.

astro
08-05-2006, 12:56 PM
Somehow this South Park clip seems eerily prescient. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=d_UTOSOqXA4)

Walloon
08-05-2006, 02:47 PM
John Wayne used the term in his movie "The Cowboys" when the boys were acting like little kids, the cook asked the Duke if he needed to fix the boys some sugar tits. (A bottle with sweet milk in it.)I've heard a different explanation of what a sugar tit is: a sugar cube tied in a handkerchief, given to an infant to suck on.

Baby bottles weren't really practical until the 20th century.

twickster
08-05-2006, 05:42 PM
Yes, I have been.

No, I don't care for it.

hlanelee
08-05-2006, 06:02 PM
If I want to be demeaning to some female office manager or similar type that thinks she is more important than she really is, I'll start by saying, "Look here, sweet tits...." It's always an effective start to an insult. I've also been escorted to the door of various establishments.

Guinastasia
08-05-2006, 07:29 PM
Just the butter and sugar mixed in a piece of cloth kind. It's mentioned in Gone with the Wind (the book) when the newly widowed Scarlett arrives in Atlanta with her maid and her baby. She tells Prissy to give him sugar tit that Mammy gave them to shut up the boy.

Walloon
08-05-2006, 08:12 PM
Indeed, from Chapter 8:"Maybe I'll learn about babies sometime," she thought irritably, as the carriage jolted and swayed out of the morass surrounding the station, "but I'm never going to like fooling with them." And as Wade's face went purple with his squalling, she snapped crossly: "Give him that sugar-tit in your pocket, Priss. Anything to make him hush. I know he's hungry, but I can't do anything about that now."

sleeepy2
08-05-2006, 08:52 PM
I've been calling my wife Sugar Tits ever since Mel enlightened me. She thinks it's funny now, but I could see it getting old pretty soon. :)

Dubious Weasle
08-06-2006, 12:29 AM
I've used the phrase many times but only jokingly. I dimly recall picking it up from a Leslie Nielson film where he was in court addressing the a woman on the stand.

jimbeam
08-06-2006, 06:34 AM
I've heard a different explanation of what a sugar tit is: a sugar cube tied in a handkerchief, given to an infant to suck on.

Baby bottles weren't really practical until the 20th century.

No doubt about there being other "types" of sugar tits. That was kinda my point. I know of two or three things that have been referred to as a sugar tit. It was simply a way to quiet the baby or coax a baby to nurse etc. using various sugary substitutes instead of or applied on a womans breast.
There is no doubt that the term was used in "The Cowboys". What exactly the cook was going to use is anyone guess since he didn't actually do it. He was simply teasing the boys.
The more recent term of a sugar tit was used by my father and his generation. I recall him telling about an uncle who breast fed until he was four or five years old. Apparently this was not as uncommon or as strange as it may sound to us now.
Dad claims it was not unusual for a child to nurse that long if he was the baby, (no younger siblings). He joked about having to get Uncle Willy off his momma with a "sugar tit". I remember him saying about a kid one time "look at that boy running around with that sugar tit". The boy was much too old and it WAS a bottle.
Around here, if you wanted to insult one of your buddies, you'd joke about him going home to get his sugar tit. That could get you into a fight. Everybody knew what you just called him. Ya know what I mean?

sincerely~ JB

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