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To think that the word 'tits' (as in 'breasts') is a little too vulgar ?

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tanfield90 Thu 30-Mar-17 13:19:56

I'm quite prepared to be told I'm being prudish or precious on this subject. For years I've been uncomfortable using the word and so I don't. Fair enough. But plenty of people I know say tits without reservation in ordinary conversation, regardless of company and it just grates with me. I'd be surprised if many people outside the medical or lingerie businesses, for example, routinely say breasts. And there's a few less offensive breast pseudonyms such as boobs and bosoms which I'm happier with. Similarly, when people refer to a penis as a cock - I really can't stand that. Of the alternatives, I've yet to make up my mind which is the least worst between willy and knob.

What do you think ? Am I over-thinking this ? BTW, I am male, mid-forties.

DementedUnicorn Thu 30-Mar-17 13:22:55

What exactly do you have to be offended about?

OhhBetty Thu 30-Mar-17 13:24:16

Meh, it's just a word. Just sounds strung together!

Justmuddlingalong Thu 30-Mar-17 13:24:21

I think if the words tits and cock offends you, the AIBU thread is a brave choice.

Dearlittleflo Thu 30-Mar-17 13:27:13

In my head, I am reading the OP in an Alan Bennett voice.

tanfield90 Thu 30-Mar-17 13:28:28

It's difficult to put my finger on what I don't like about these words. That's one reason I'm asking the question on this site.

PortiaCastis Thu 30-Mar-17 13:28:47

In my head I'm thinking what a tit

CaoNiMartacus Thu 30-Mar-17 13:28:58

I don't personally find it offensive as a term, but I agree that it's more vulgar than "boobs". In my mind, the hierarchy of vulgarity, from least to most, goes:

Breasts
Bosoms
Bust
Bazookas
Boobs
Jugs
Tits
Titties (ugh)

I made myself laugh writing all those down!

RaisinsAndApple Thu 30-Mar-17 13:29:39

I agree, both 'tits' and 'cock' are vulgar and rude to use in normal convo unless you're referring to birds! I would reprimand DC for saying them in an anatomical way.

DC say boobs and willy, which I think is fine. I say breasts and penis, but I don't discuss them that often! With friends though, I would use tits and cock and a whole lot worse. Weird.

PickAChew Thu 30-Mar-17 13:30:59

Gets me right norked, it does.

MaidOfStars Thu 30-Mar-17 13:31:55

I don't like "tits" either. I think the sound of the word is harsh and almost sour? I use "breasts" in all regular conversation; I might use "boobs" in a deliberately childish conversation.

I'm no prude. "Cock" is my go to for "penis" (unless a more formal description is necessary). And "pussy" for "vulva/vagina".

Sodomeyes Thu 30-Mar-17 13:32:27

In our house we say "breasticles" and "cock-a-doodle-doo"

DH's bollocks are the "lefticle" and the "right-on hairy one"

We are really weird. But at least we're not saying "tits" and "cock"

NightWanderer Thu 30-Mar-17 13:33:34

There's a bar near my work called Titty Twister. I wince every time I see it.

SeldomNeeded Thu 30-Mar-17 13:33:58

grin at the hierarchy of vulgarity. Where does "fun bags" fit in?

Amar1na Thu 30-Mar-17 13:34:52

I would never use either so I'm with you OP! There is no need.

Dearlittleflo Thu 30-Mar-17 13:35:52

I keep saying "bellend" in polite conversation (to refer to an idiot rather than part of a penis). I think I've subconsciously forgotten how rude it is.

Doyouwantabrew Thu 30-Mar-17 13:36:12

sodom grin he names his bollocks?

Tits reminds me of the 70s, haven't heard it for ages.

Neverknowing Thu 30-Mar-17 13:37:57

The word makes me cringe too for some reason, idk why though. I don't think it's more vulgar I just don't like it! I do, however, quite like it when someone calls someone else a tit grin

Doyouwantabrew Thu 30-Mar-17 13:41:02

I called my 26 year old ds a tit head last night. Most gratifying

Sodomeyes Thu 30-Mar-17 13:44:10

DoYouWant Oh yes.

TitsalinaBumSquash Thu 30-Mar-17 13:47:54

I think my username suggests my feelings on using this word. grin

PortiaCastis Thu 30-Mar-17 13:48:37

grin

ThePiglet59 Thu 30-Mar-17 13:49:43

Boobies!

Scoose Thu 30-Mar-17 13:52:42

What do you think of using the word baps? I quite like it myself

SodsLaw2017 Thu 30-Mar-17 13:54:07

Tits and cock in this house!
Penis sounds too...clinical.

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