Desmond Tutu

/ ˌdɛzmənd ˈtuːtuː /


  1. informal.
    a university degree graded 2:2 (second class lower bracket) Often shortened toDesmond

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Desmond Tutu1

C20: a pun on 2:2 and Desmond Tutu

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Example Sentences

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was looking at the biblical length of South Africans waiting in line to vote that Wednesday morning.

As his longtime friend Bishop Desmond Tutu once told Sky News, “he needed that time in prison to mellow.”

We were, our own beloved Archbishop Desmond Tutu told us, “the rainbow children of God.”

These people, especially Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, and Mary Robinson, have been particularly harsh on Israel.

As Desmond Tutu put it in an interview from the film, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”


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