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FounDit
Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 4:08:42 PM

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hedy's post about lollygagging, put me in mind of this idiom I just happened to hear in a song earlier today.

It suddenly struck me that I've heard it and used it all my life but never really knew where it came from, so I looked it up.

It seems to ultimately be from the phrase "To a tittle" meaning the smallest part of writing, such as the dot over the letter "i". The idea is that you find something perfect to the smallest amount. It "suits you" right down to a T ("tittle").

You can read up on it here: "To a T" -the meaning and origin




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NKM
Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 4:35:24 PM

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I remember hearing the idiom in a song, many years ago, but I can't place which song it was.

Something sung by Eddy Arnold, perhaps?

FounDit
Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:49:04 PM

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NKM wrote:
I remember hearing the idiom in a song, many years ago, but I can't place which song it was.

Something sung by Eddy Arnold, perhaps?



No, actually, it was I wouldn't change you if I could, by Ricky Skaggs.
I'm somewhat partial to oldies music, rock and country.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
NKM
Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 4:03:23 PM

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Thanks!

I'll have to listen to that song again. Ricky Skaggs is one of my favorites among the "new breed" of country and bluegrass musicians.

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Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 5:30:54 PM

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Thanks, guys, for this expression and your comments. If I had heard the song before reading this thread, I would have probably misunderstood the lyrics for "The way you are just suits me to a tea", and I would have gone insane thinking what it meant.
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