Tête à Toto
The tête à Toto is a French typographical design and children's game, well known to French schoolchildren, depicted to the right. It consists of the equation "0+0=0", written with the first two "0"s for eyes, the "+" for a nose, the "=" for a mouth, and the final "0" surrounding, as a stylized face or skull.
It is drawn while reciting:
Zéro plus zéro égale
la tête à Toto
Zero plus zero equals
the head of Toto (Toto's head)
As his head equals zero, it means that his intelligence is null.
The name, or character, of Toto is a common stock character in French culture; he is the generic child used in jokes ("Toto asks his mother..."). See Blague de Toto (Toto joke).
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- A circumlocution for "zero"
- In prostitution, slang for a prostitute – or rather, prospective prostitute – who has not had a single client (i.e., who has had zero clients).
- Henohenomoheji, similar typographical face in Japanese
- Mondgesicht, similar typographical face in German, consisting of "Punkt, Punkt, Komma, Strich":
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- Merle, Pierre (2005). Mots de passe : dictionnaire de l'argot de la prostitution (in French). Lausanne: Éditions Favre. p. 123. ISBN 2-8289-0835-6.