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ta-ta & ho-ho

You guys have seen Oliver Stone’s JFK? What do “ta-ta” and “ho-ho” mean in this phrase? “You got the right ta-ta, but the wrong ho-ho”. It’s from the court sequence. I do understand what it means it the sense it is used in the film, just wonder what these two words are coming from.

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*absolutely stumped*

speedwell2 May 19, 2004 @ 9:38AM

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OK! The charactor who says this "ta-ta, ho-ho" (if you have seen the film) says a hell a lot of other wierd stuff. The thing is that thoes things which he adds to the end of his lines in the film are not subtittled unfortunately. So I don't know what he says at all. If you could check it out and let me know what kind of dialect he is indicating.

goossun May 19, 2004 @ 4:50PM

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I'll see if I can rent a copy this weekend. Now I've just GOT to figure this out! :)

speedwell2 May 20, 2004 @ 7:54AM

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Sven,you got it wrong man. Though you, mentioning the New Oelean Jazz may ring a bell. However, it's Dean Andrews who says "You got the right ta-ta, but the wrong ho-ho" when he denies that Clay shaw is Clay Bertrand. By tha sentence he means that "yes I named the Clay Bertrand (ta-ta), but you got the wrong guy (ho-ho)nstead of him".
This guy talks wierd throughout the film when he appears. Check out these:
"We been thicker'n molasses pie since law school". "I gave'em anything that popped into my cabeza". "Is this off the record, Daddy-o?" ""Big Enchilada"" AND "The government's gonna jump all over your head, Jimbo, and go "cock-a-doodledoo!""
You can check out the script at:

goossun June 3, 2004 @ 4:07PM

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I think that Stone actually used the text from the actual courtroom depositions.

dieubussy April 22, 2009 @ 7:25PM

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The real Dean Andrews -- jive-talker

Interestingly, in his Warren Commission testimony of 1964, Andrews refers
to homosexuals as "gay," a word not commonly used to describe homosexual until several years later.

Mary Edwards April 16, 2011 @ 2:36PM

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Mary: Not commonly, but "gay" has been used for homosexual since the 1930s and it was increasingly used in the early 60s, just about the time Jack Kennedy was killed. It's conceivable that Andrews might say it as he'd been interviewing homosexuals and spending time in that world.

Andy Temple June 25, 2011 @ 7:12PM

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Hahahahaha. The movie is about the president getting his f'en head blown off and you guys are debating wether the word "GAY" was used before 1930.


DirtyMink March 26, 2012 @ 9:46AM

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"the right Ta-Ta, but the wrong Ho-Ho" is beatnik/Jazz speak from the 1950s. Common phrase used in discussions between men regarding their sexual exploits or, for prostitutes speaking to a client. ... It means literally that one has been pleasing a woman's breast and because of booze, or drugs, or lack of experience,.. clumsiness perhaps.... the man tried to "enter" the female, but, it was the wrong orifice (ho) or hole... as in anal hole. Ta-ta(s) means two breasts and Ho-ho means two orifices.. I hope this explanation isn't disturbing to the readers...

Josephwaiting April 11, 2012 @ 11:35AM

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Dean Andrews was referring to an event in which he gave the name of an individual not referring to anyone specificly, but just to give the interviewer bait. Well that man took that name and ran with it, coming up with an individual who had been charged with carrying a concealed weapon in Houston I believe. Well the original guy Dean Andrews gave to get this ball rolling was fictional, so this individual who was charged for carrying a concealed weapon might have done so, but that doesn't make the original fictional individual who just happens to have the same name any more real because of this coincidence. That was my interpretation anyway. Either way "the right ta ta but the wrong ho ho" can't really get any better. Haha

Actually March 17, 2015 @ 12:38PM

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