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litty-titty

adjective; compounding
Used to describe an event that is exciting and enjoyable. A departure from an existing definition of lit, which carries the implication of intoxication.
 
The -ty suffix on lit does not appear to be meaningful. The -ty suffix on tit is a repeated prosodic unit but does not add additional meaning. The titty in litty-titty does not concern any existing definition of tit, rather, the -itty portion is a reduplicant with phonological rather than morphological significance. This word was likely coined to add emphasis to an already existing term so as to adequately express the speaker’s excitement. Possible models for this coinage include other reduplicated pairs of unrelated words in English such as lovey-dovey and nitty-gritty.
Etymology : Rhyming compound formed from roots lit and tit, plus affix -ty on each root.
Source : “Yeah, apparently it was litty-titty.” (friend from another university 11/22/17)
Last modified: 3 December 2017


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