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What does Ponyboy say is the difference between "tuff" and "tough"?

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waller | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2008 at 3:49 AM via web

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What does Ponyboy say is the difference between "tuff" and "tough"?

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 26, 2008 at 4:22 AM (Answer #1)

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He mentions the difference between the two words in Chapter 1, right after he tells about all the main characters:

Tough and tuff are two different words. Tough is the same as rough; tuff means cool, sharp—like a tuff-looking Mustang or a tuff record. In our neighborhood both are compliments.

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morganestroud | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2009 at 11:17 AM (Answer #2)

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Tough and tuff are two different words.

  • Tough is the same as rough;
  • Tuff means cool, sharp—like a tuff-looking Mustang or a tuff record. In our neighborhood both are compliments.

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