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  • v. Present participle of tut.


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  • I caught a snigger from one of the monks who accompanied him, swiftly followed by a stern tutting from the abbot, Fra Domenico Vita, and could not help smiling to myself, in spite of the moment.

    Excerpt: Heresy by S.J. Parris

  • (This is the sort of revelation that sets off a chorus of tut-tutting from the grammar police about the miserable state of our modern schooling.)

    Flout good taste; flaunt your excesses « Motivated Grammar

  • But I sense that beneath the tut-tutting is a question about what modern Chinese people are supposed to believe in at all.

    Postcards From Tomorrow Square

  • Not that we're not or don't have a perfectly good right to be pissed off, but let's not hear any more tut-tutting from the righties about how unseemly it is for the left to be blunt -- or sharp -- with our words.

    June 2006

  • The tut-tutting from the right, however, sounds a little cynical seeing as how they have just come off a similar experience -- exploitation of a family's tragedy -- in the name of Terri Schiavo.

    August 2005

  • If you jailbreak your phone and find yourself in need of tech support, Apple will likely greet you with a disapproving look, followed by a "tutting" sound, before they tell you that by hacking your iPhone, you have violated the terms of service, and are now exiled from the loving embrace of Apple's tech coverage.

    Digital Trends

  • But at this year's San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest, an annual festival held last weekend that showcases the work of dance crews worldwide, being able to tell "tutting" apart from

    NYT > Home Page

  • Before people start tut-tutting me for even posting such heresies, I'd just add that Klarman is stating an obvious reality that others hide.

    Constitutional heresies

  • These epic losses to UK taxpayers have attracted little more than tut-tutting.

    Public-sector Enron, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • When men are encouraged to be adorably mediocre and leave the "real work" to the women – women who often feel disempowered in every arena but for the shop floor, where we storm down aisles like credit-charging armies, and at home, where women claim ownership of areas like the kitchen, happily tutting at their husbands' attempts to cook beans.

    Mollycoddling the men


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  • (noun) - A landlady who wished to have a tutting gave notice of her intention to all her female acquaintances, whether married or single. At the hour specified, the visitors were regaled with tea but on the removal of that, the table was replenished with a bowl and glasses and exhilarated with potent punch, when each guest became a new creature. At this time the husbands and sweethearts arrived, paid their half guinea each for the treatment of themselves and partners, joined the revelry, and partook of the amusements. This custom, which was confined to the lower orders, is now very properly almost abandoned.

    --J.E. Brogden's Provincial Lincolnshire Words and Expressions, 1866

    January 16, 2018

  • I have no clue where I left 'bun~feast', though it ought to still be in the 'Entropical Locales' list.

    I shall have a whole list for this sort of phenomena all on it's own before long, complete with social mores and horrors, how~tos and where fores.

    February 4, 2009

  • I do remember reading in a memoir which described, in Melbourne in the 1920s, the custom of women drinking tea fortified with spirits. It might have been in something by incomparable Hal Porter.

    February 4, 2009

  • A tea~drinking for women, succeeded by stronger potations in the company of the other sex, and ending as might be expected, in scenes of ribaldry and debauchery. It is so~called, I believe, in Lincoln; in other places in the country it is known by the name of a Bun Feast. The custom is now obsolete, or nearly so, to the amelioration, it is hoped, of society.

    James Halliwell, Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, 1855

    February 4, 2009