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- Like the woman who prefers the genuinely tall fellow to the titch in Cuban heels.
- Incidentally, 28 years ago today was the day that our parents brought Sasha and me to L.A. (we came to the U.S. one day before, and stayed the night in New York on our way); I think we've been citizens just a titch over 20 years.
- It can't be guns; the gun ownership rate today (40-45% of all households) is roughly the same as it has been for decades - possibly a titch lower, but not by much.
1930s: from Little Tich, stage name of Harry Relph (1868–1928), an English music-hall comedian of small stature. He was given the nickname because he resembled Arthur Orton, the Tichborne claimant (see Orton, Arthur).
Harry Relph (1868–1928), was a diminutive English music-hall artist whose stage name was ‘Little Tich’. He acquired the nickname as a child because of a resemblance to Arthur Orton, notorious as ‘the Tichborne claimant’. Orton had returned to England from Australia in 1866 claiming to be Roger Charles Tichborne, the heir to a title and estate who had been lost at sea, but was eventually tried and imprisoned for perjury. In the First World War British soldiers began to use tich or titch as a name for a small person. Titchy developed from this in the mid 20th century.
Words that rhyme with titchbewitch, bitch, ditch, enrich, fitch, flitch, glitch, hitch, itch, kitsch, Mitch, pitch, quitch, rich, snitch, stitch, switch, twitch, which, witch
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