Origin of “Hotty Toddy”

Disclaimer: This post may offend some. Offense is not intended. Humor is intended. However, seeing as to how I may likely fail at my attempt at humor, offense may follow. Thus, if you are a University of Mississippi fan (sometimes referred to as That School Up North), please do not read any further. I would hate to offend my Rebel Black Bear friends. Both of you are important to me.

Anyone who’s spent any time around SEC sports is well aware of the foul-mouthed chant so dearly loved by the Ole Miss faithful. All other eleven schools in the SEC are repulsed by both its vulgarity and by its execution, which is generally only done when 85% of the participants are fully inebriated. Black Bear faithful are quick to point out that there is a “kid-friendly” version, but regrettably cannot remember those words.

It’s funny, though—if you aren’t already laughing—at the general misunderstanding of the “Hotty Toddy” term. 98.32 percent of the current student body believes it comes from a form of hot totty, which is, of course, a hot alcoholic drink. Serve them another, please.

Fans of rival Mississippi State claim it comes from a time when teams hurled slurs at one another during sporting events and a drunken Ole Miss fan heard an angry Mississippi State fan yell “hoity toity” which, of course, means “Pretentiously self-important, haughty or pompous.” The Ole Miss fan, in his drunken stupor, took it as a challenge to imbibe more alcohol. Serve him another, please.

Fans of rival LSU also claim it comes from a time when fans of the team hurled slurs (as well as beer bottles) at one another.  Of course, the LSU faithful were actually yelling “potty potty,” which was a stab at the ever poor quality of the Ole Miss football team. Serve them all another, please.

Fans of rival Arkansas claim no knowledge of the obnoxious chant and are insulted when intoxicated Rebels accuse the Razorbacks of having an obnoxious cheer. Razorback fans wonder how that new coach is working out for the Rebel Black Bears and are thankful not to have to play such football powerhouses as Jacksonville St.

Fans of rival Alabama, which is not really a rivalry at all as Alabama rarely loses (44-9-2), have actually never heard the Hotty Toddy chant. They’ve heard of it, but it seems the Bamrs begin their own famous Rammer Jammer chant at kickoff of their games with Ole Miss. The Rammer Jammer chant is generally done after victory is assured. They’ve all had enough, thank you.

Of course, no one associated with the University can remember the REAL origin of Hotty Toddy—statistics say memory is the first thing to go when one is intoxicated.

LATE EDIT: As I seem to be getting a LOT of hits recently…I think I discovered why and just HAD to post this very humorous youtube video. Not sure how long it will be up before the Black Bear lawyers force it down–so watch it while you can!

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7 responses to “Origin of “Hotty Toddy”

  1. As a fan of Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes) I find this very funny.

    dot

  2. pat laster

    Cute, cute! Ooooooooooo, pig sooie!! pl

  3. Peggy Johnson

    I don’t have the faintest of what you are talking about, but I enjoyed it anyway. PJ

  4. disappointed rebel fan

    Sir, i just wanted to express my disappointment in your lack of education on this subject. The true origins of this supposedly “offensive” cheer comes from a time early in the Ole Miss football program, when the team was not the Rebels, but the Flood. The original chant was Hidey Tidey, which referred to the rising tide, or Flood. After the school changed to the Rebels the cheer was kept, but over time became the more modern Hotty Toddy.
    I also find it amusing that you made a reference to Alabama’s cheer of rammer jammer, which by your standards should be just as offensive due to the use of the word HELL.
    I would also love to see where you found your statistics on the subject of crowd inebriation. I go to every home game and find that it is actually a minority of people who seem to be intoxicated. It should also be pointed out that the apparent saints at Arkansas are not necessarily known to be lacking in the use of alcohol or profanity (not to say it is found in excess). The point I am making here is that no matter what school you are going to, you are going to find college students who drink, and Arkansas is no exception to this.

    Hotty Toddy!!!!!!!!

    • But of course, “disappointed rebel fan,” you are correct: EVERYONE knows about The Flood. It was caused when the Frat-boy (who wore their pants rolled up to their upper calves) Keggers got out of hand…Co-eds were floating down Main Street. The smart co-eds kayaked to Starkpatch. Of course, that only amounted to 5% of the sorority girls and 75% of the non-sorority girls. It was also, of course, after a loss to usual SEC bottom rung Vandy (which happens frequently for the now Mississippi Black Bears).

      And, if you’ll read the initial post, I never suggested Arkansas students–or students at any other college–don’t imbibe alcohol. The numbers at Ole Maid, obviously, are higher and the school is quite proud of its “party school” ranking. Understandable, when that’s about the only thing at which they excel.

      I get my numbers, of course, from the same work of fiction where Hidey Tidey isn’t found. I’m sure the multitudes of Black Bear fans looking for the origin would like to know that source…both of them are fairly driven.

      Post your references to Hidey Tidey as you are the only Black Bear to ever suggest this.

      I appreciate your anonymity, too. Normally, I don’t allow anonymous posts on my blog, but yours is so interesting (and proof of my original post) I had to allow it. Of course, you’d be extremely difficult to locate as rebel fans are perpetually “disappointed.” Thanks for reading!

  5. Amused Rebel faithful - Will

    This is quite funny good sir. No offense was taken on my part and none should be taken on the part of any rebel. I enjoy a good joke between competitors/friends. Obviously your statements are not 100% fact and are somewhat exaggerated, but there is some truth behind them which is exactly what makes this relatable and therefore humorous.
    Touché sir, touché

    -current student and Greek affiliate

    • Amused Reb,
      I’m pleased you found it funny. ‘Twas indeed the intent. And, of course it isn’t 100% true, that’s WHY it’s funny. ;) Thanks for reading.

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