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The Difference Between Breast and Boob

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A lot of men in this world claim to be “breast men”. I wouldn’t fall into this category. It’s not that I don’t like or appreciate a good boob, but when it comes to the woman’s anatomy I guess I prefer other parts more. So let’s just leave it at that… So what’s the difference, if any, between breasts and boobs?

Let’s start with boob. First of all boob doesn’t sound very appealing. Boobs are what grandmas have. Boobs sound saggy and lifeless. Boobs are what fat men have. Let’s not forget that boob is also a stupid person. In Britain a boob is a mistake. Also there’s the ever, not-so-popular turning on of the boob tube. So where the idea came from to call the mammary glands boobs is not something I know the history of, but it doesn’t seem positive or flattering. Add to that a “Y” and make boob, booby and you’ve put me in the 4th grade all over again. The only credit I can give booby is in the juvenile humor aspect of the double entendre you get from “booby trap”.

Then we have breast. Again, breast can be a very generic thing, used in many different facets without any sexual connotation. Chicken breasts are the most obvious example of this. There’s nothing sexy about chicken breasts, is there? (Please don’t tell me about it if you say yes.) Breast is commonly used and referenced in literature and poetry. Unlike boob, breast sounds firm, almost hard. Grandma doesn’t have breasts. The young, college neighbor has breasts. Breast seems to be an acceptable and responsible word during the day, but can easily hang out at night to party.

I think it’s easy to say that breast beats boob nipples down. As far as the other thousand euphemisms for a woman’s chest, I won’t bother discussing them. There’s nothing note worthy about hooters, honkers, melons, knockers, jugs, cans, ta-tas or the rest. They all sound like names derived from a drunken, virgin, man-child.

I will however give a short moment to tit. This word has always seemed very dirty to me, even pornographic and it’s funny because the word is so small. It seems silly when it’s stripped of its meaning and stands alone. Tit. But ladies, imagine going in for a mammogram and the doctor saying, “OK, put your tits up on the machine” creepy, huh? None of this explains tit for tat though. That’s pretty weird. Who’s got a tit to spare and what’s a tat? Does it mean I can get a tattoo for my tit? Doesn’t sound fair does it.

Regardless of what you call them, a woman’s chest is a complex topic filled with many different sizes, er… I mean angles. The bond of mother and child is a special one and considered beautiful and sacred by many. Of course this doesn’t account for “feedings” at restaurants. The Europeans consider topless women to be nothing short of normal and is widely accepted in a broad spectrum of media and public attractions. Nonetheless, with the billions of breasts that have lived and died on this planet we seem to still be fascinated with them as a society. Men, (and perhaps lesbians?) can’t stop staring at them and women can’t seem to stop comparing them and showing them, (or at least the line in between).

Maybe with the advancement of science, someday every citizen of the planet can have their own pair hanging on a wall in their home.

Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

Written by Ramblin' Rooster

December 12, 2008 at 5:27 am

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  1. Yes, ‘breast’ does seem to have taken on the generic role, and gets license to travel freely and unhindered, accepted in all its various disguises. To keep abreast of a situation, breast-plate, breast-bone, to make a clean breast of, to climb and breast a mountain (which is in itself often breast-shaped), breast fillets, why the word even means ‘the front of an open-hearth furnace’, and what could be more wholesome than that?

    Whereas ‘boob’, always calls attention to itself like a loud drunk, stumbling and crashing around. Even when the context is clearly non-sexual, the word ‘boob’ is a diva and always makes an entrance. Even saying the innocent words ‘blue-footed booby’ will silence a whole restaurant, and any professed interest in ornithology will be of no help in excusing the transgression. It lacks the gravitas of ‘breast’. Sadly you will always raise more laughs than money for ‘Boob Cancer’.

    Finally there is the curious phenomenon of the ‘Mammaries’. What was once a word strictly intended to have only the most scientific of connotations, has now descended into a sleazy lust pit frequented only by hormone-crazed schoolboys. It also has a size association. Somehow ‘mammaries’ always seem to denote gigantic, pendulous, straining orbs that will crush you into oblivion.

    Not sure why this is so. Perhaps a subconscious pairing with the monster-sized ‘mammoth’? Is there an etymological link between the words? No. A quick search reveals that ‘mammary’ comes from the latin ‘mamma’ meaning our good friend ‘breast’. Whereas ‘mammoth’ comes from a language with Finnish origins from the word ‘maa’ meaning ‘earth’, as mammoth bones were dug up from the earth.

    I think it is more likely because most words meaning ‘breast’, (like breast itself), are monosyllabic: ‘Jugs, boobs, tits, cans’ or disyllabic: ‘Melons, hooters, funbags…’ So if you are going to go to the trouble of invoking a trisyllabic word like ‘Mammary’, you must be talking about some serious sweater puppies.


    December 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm

  2. Sillionshine, your comment is awesome and for anyone reading this, you may replace it with my original blog. Well done, well done! I loved the bird reference. I considered mentioning the orange-billed Nazca Booby, boy I sure am sorry now!

    Ramblin' Rooster

    December 14, 2008 at 3:12 am

  3. I hadn’t heard the term fun bags until a couple weeks ago. Perhaps the crowd I hang around is too uptight or out of date not sure which one. But from this point forward I will only refer to boobs, breasts and mammaries as FUN BAGS!

    Jack McCallister

    December 19, 2008 at 1:21 am

  4. Jack McCallister, I’m sure you’ll go far and make many new friends armed with new terminology. Thanks for the comment.

    Ramblin' Rooster

    December 19, 2008 at 4:10 am

  5. Nice blog….i have no idea why i’m so attracted to boobs..only sure of the power they have over every aspect of my life.


    March 18, 2009 at 4:31 am

    • nocturnalrudy, thanks for the comments. I don’t want to make you mad, so don’t take this the wrong way, but every aspect? If you’re at the grocery store trying to decide on a breakfast cereal, do you ask the boobs? When deciding on what shoes to wear, it’s ask the boobs? During a prostate exam, it’s “I’ll need a second opinion from boobs”? Have you ever thought about what boobs think of you? All I’m saying is be careful! I was $300 shy once of getting a pair of my own.

      Ramblin' Rooster

      March 19, 2009 at 3:26 am

  6. Oh man, I can already see this entry messing with my head. Crap, tatters, my favorite word for them is tatters. My son is just shy of five and he still calls them bah-boos. Should a child so young have a word for breasts/boobs?


    July 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm

  7. I find it the opposite, breasts as grandma, and boobs as nice.

    Hkgio kgonb

    November 3, 2009 at 2:23 am

    • Hkgio kgonb, (if that is in fact your real name) welcome to the roost. I don’t understand your comment.

      Ramblin' Rooster

      November 3, 2009 at 5:20 am

  8. Don’t forget there’s the “blue footed boobie” Hahahaha

    Good post…interesting to read men’s views about women’s most utilized seductive tool.


    May 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

  9. Correction: blue footed booby


    May 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm

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