Thursday, January 22, 2009

H. G. Wells Tt-tt!

I've never seen the word tut used like this before, solo. I've only known it as the exclamation Tut-tut. Later in the book, one of the characters says " Tt-tt! " as an exclamation. Kipps was written in 1905 and is a comic novel. I've been distracted by other reading and so am just finishing it tonight.

Glad I discovered so many titles by H.G. Wells. A few of the light novels are on my to read someday i hope list.

This Tut-tutting reminds me of one of my favorite ice cream flavors. Tutti Frutti (which generally means all fruits to the Italian ice cream maker.) Tutti Frutti is similar to my other favorite ice cream flavor Spumoni. If done correctly, spumoni is tutti frutti with chocolate, pistachio and whipped cream within the ice cream. It's the foamy whipped cream that gives Spumoni its name (spume = froth or foam.) Both come from old Italian dessert items that were served with liqueurs, biscotti, and/or ice cream.


tony said...

Nope! I Never Came Across "TuT" Before!I Will report Anymore Sightings!

tut-tut said...

Who knew?

Deborah Godin said...

Well, this is interesting to me for several reasons. I'm always curious about English word usage, especially the way things shift (spelling included) over time. Of course there are many details unique to British and North American English, too. "Tut" in this context is new to me, too. And so is the spelling tt-tt. I would have spelled that "Tsk-tsk."
Thanks for the backstory on spumoni. Really good spumoni is probably my favorite flavor, too, although even bad spumoni...what can I say - ice cream is my drug of choice. The really strange thing is that I recently moved to a town that has an extremely high Italian-heritage population, and I've yet to see any spumoni. Lots of gelato in the summer, but no foamy ice cream!

tut-tut said...

Maybe I should change my name to tsk-tsk . . .

My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)