“So I was able to get us a tee time for 8:00 tomorrow morning,” Robert said. “Does that work for you, James?”
“Sure,” James responded. “Suits me to a T,” he added.
“What exactly does the expression ‘suits me to a T’ mean?” Robert asked. “That’s kind of an odd turn of phrase, don’t you think?”
“You know,” said James, “I wondered about that myself, so I asked Greg Stevens, the language professor at the university. Of course, as he is wont to do, he made me buy him a cup of tea before he’d answer me.”
“Yeah, that’s so like him,” Robert said. “Did he eventually get around to answering your question?”
“Sort of,” James said. “He admitted that no one knows for sure, but the most likely answer is that it is derived from an earlier expression ‘to a tittle.’ A tittle means the tiniest amount. It’s actually found, he told me, in the Bible in Matthew 2:18.”
“I didn’t know that,” Robert said.
“Well that’s what the professor said,” James responded. “Something about ‘one jot or one tittle.’”
“So, if something suits you to a T,” Robert said, “it suits you to a tittle, or down to the tiniest detail.”
“I guess that’s right,” James said. “You know what would suit me to a T right about now? What say we head over to Dunkin’ for a cup of coffee and a doughnut?”
“Sounds good,” Robert agreed, “ but I think I’d prefer a cup of tea.”
Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Our challenge is to use “T,” “tea,” and/or “tee” in our post.