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    tsk

    "tsk,tsk",what does it mean?

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    Re: tsk

    It's used to express disapproval or commisseration.

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    Re: tsk

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch
    It's used to express disapproval or commisseration.
    well thanks, one more thing, is it formal?

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    Re: tsk

    It's hard to say whether it's formal or informal; it's not actually a word, it's just a sound. It's made by clicking the tongue against the alvoelar ridge, the hard ridge just behind the top row of teeth. (Mr Bean does once actually say "tusk tusk" in one of his sketches, but of course Mr Bean is a caricature.) Some African languages do have this sound as a consonant, but in English it does just indicate disapproval or commiseration. Incidentally, it can also be spelled "tut tut".

    It can be used in almost any situation, formal and informal, but obviously if you are expressing disapproval of a person who is present, that can be a little rude.

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    Re: tsk

    well, thank you very very much rewboss, this makes sense, thanks again for the help.

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