A strange expression explained.
A strange expression explained. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)

Colder than a witch's what?

Winter zoomed into Milwaukee like a witch on a broom, and so did the expression "colder than a witch’s tit." I’ve heard it multiple times in recent days and decided to find out where this odd saying came from.

Personally, it never made sense to me since I imagine witches in front of cauldrons or bonfires, which, one would think, would make their tits quite toasty.

However, the expression most likely came from how witches are portrayed – cold blooded and green-skinned, which seems reptilian-y and cold to the touch. The metaphor could also be derived from the misguided belief that a witch is in alliance with Satan, so she presumably has no maternal feelings and is unable to suckle a child.

Regardless of its origin, the expression is an oldie but a goody, one that tends to fly around like snowflakes in the wind on a blustery Brew City evening.

Talkbacks

blurondo | Dec. 12, 2016 at 4:47 p.m. (report)

36668 "Ive heard it multiple times in recent days and decided to find out where this odd saying came from."
Come on , Molly. Where did it come from?

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