We were talking about the unfortunate situation of a friend of ours in the states whose employer only paid her for half the month because he said he didn't have the money. No apology. He's never been very pleasant and she's worked for him for less than a year. She told him if he's not going to be able to pay, she's not going to be able to stay.
As San Geraldo put it:
"That's the way it works. Tit for tit and tat for tat."
I guess that's the way it works in San Geraldo's world. For the rest of us, it's tit for tat.
The expression "tit for tat" means to return in-kind an injury received from another. In the Middle Ages (and San Geraldo may be forgiven for not knowing, since that was shortly before he was born), tippe and tappe were words that signified small blows (as in fighting). Spelling variations abounded and the words evolved to tip, tap, tit, and tat. In general, the expression simply means: equivalent retaliation.
Say CheeseWhile I'm on the subject of "tits" (although I've always wanted a tat), we have recently been enjoying a Galician cheese called "queso de tetilla," which means small-breast cheese. (I've added the hyphen for clarity.) It's not what it sounds like. (Well, maybe it is.) It's a characteristic cheese made in Galicia (northwestern Spain) and is often used in desserts. It's probably been the cheese used in some of those cheese ice creams I've sampled.
|QUESO DE TETILLA.|
DELICIOUS, EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT A BREAST MAN (OR WOMAN).
The cheese is called tetilla because it looks like a small breast topped by a nipple. Sometimes, instead of a nipple, it's topped by a shape like that of half a pear; then it's known as perilla cheese — small pear cheese. This is as opposed to small pair cheese, which I suppose would simply require two quesos de tetilla placed together.
|A NICE PAIR OF TETILLAS.|
Cheese photos courtesy of GranAbade.com
|A GALICIAN BLONDE.|
Courtesy of The Full Wiki.
*Yes, I know, that should be "perish" and not "cherish." But, just try getting San Geraldo to remember!