Tom-Tit

A small bird of the tit family, possibly a blue tit (something like a chickadee). As in H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert is deriving fun from the British Navy's inclination toward giving their fighting ships awe-inspiring names. Nelson's fleet at the battle of the Nile, for example, included ships named Goliath, Audacious, Minotaur, Theseus, and Majestic. More fun is derived from the reminder of Ko-Ko's pathetic little bird.

Context: 
his ship the <em>Tom-Tit</em>
Opera: 
Act: 
Act I
Sketch of the Tom-Tit