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Words :: Phrases :: Expressions

Cat: The English word cat dates back centuries. It's roots are in the Latin cattus which is purported to be from Africa, in the Berber word kaddiska and the Nubian word kadis...all of which have the same meaning "cat."  The various European words for cat are similar: French-chat; German-Katze; Italian-gatto, Spanish-gato; Swedish-katt; and Dutch-kat.

Catty: People exchange slurs and snide remarks about someone and someone interjects with, "meow!" Translation...catty. The dictionary has several different meaning for the word catty, such as stealthy, aloof or agile. The usual meaning is, "slyly spiteful." A cat has no ability to gossip or criticize!

Kitttenish: Kittens really are playful and frisky, hence the word...kittenish.

Scaredy Cat: A dog is more likely to attack something bigger than itself than a cat is. A cat will attack things smaller than itself such as a mouse, but if faced with a bigger attacker, they don't lie down and whimper. A cat's view is more pragmatic, that is: kill small things, flee the big if possible, fight off the big ones if necessary and do gown fighting!
To cry or screech like a cat in heat
To make a shrill, discordant sound
To have a noisy argument


/kadər wôl/

gerund or present participle: caterwauling

(of a cat) make a shrill howling or wailing noise.
"the caterwauling of a pair of bobcats"

synonyms: howl, wail, bawl, cry, yell, scream, screech, yowl, ululate
"we could hear those felines caterwauling all night"

Catwalk: a narrow walkway, especially one high above the surrounding area, used to provide access or allow workers to stand or move, as over the stage in a theater, outside the roadway of a bridge, along the top of a railroad car, etc.

This old expression has a couple of meanings. Both are similar. Tormenting something before defeating it-the idea that cats play with their prey before killing it and pursuit with near capture and escapes before the final capture-as in "she liked to read  cat-and-mouse mystery novels."

Belling the cat: One of the many fables attributed to the Greek storyteller Aesop concerns a meeting of mice. They are concerned about a cat. One mouse has an ingenious idea: tie a bell around the cat's neck so they can hear the cat when it is coming. A wonderful idea but with a problem...which mouse is going to put the  bell on the cat? The job would be suicide. No one volunteered. The phrase belling the cat is still in use today. It refers to any idea that looks good on paper but is useless in the real world.

Pussycat: A female cat is technically a queen and not a pussycat. In early times, people referred to any cat as a pussycat. With the advance of vulgarity, people began to connect pussycat to mean female cat. Linguists tell us that the old Germanic word puss referred to the female body's sexual area, so the word hasn't changed much. It is anyone's guess how the word came to be connected with cats!

Let the cat out of the bag: To reveal a secret. In medieval times, piglets were taken to markets and sold in sacks. Occasionally, an unscrupulous vendor would try to pass off a cat or puppy in a bag as a piglet. If the cat escaped in view of the potential buyer, so did the secret.

Kitty-corner or catty-corner: Comes from catercorner, the old dialectical term for diagonal, which itself comes from the French word "quatre," or four.

Raining cats and dogs: A driving rain. This ever-popular expression first appeared in print in 1653. ("It shall raine ... dogs and polecats.") No one has a definitive explanation for where it comes from, but everyone has a theory.

Not enough room to swing a cat: A crowded, tight space. This phrase possibly deals with cruelty to humans, not animals. Theories say it refers to the cat o’ nine tails, a pronged whip used for punishment on boats at sea. There wasn’t enough room below decks to perform the punishment, so it was always done on the deck. The phrase could also relate to the use of cats that were swung into the air as targets for archers.

Cat Nights: This term harks back to the days when people believed in witches. An old Irish legend says that a witch could turn into a cat and regain herself eight times, but on the ninth time, in August, she couldn’t change back, hence the saying: “A cat has nine lives.” Because August is a “yowly” time for cats, this may have prompted the speculation about witches on the prowl in the first place.


The Naming Of Cats by T. S. Eliot
The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey–
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter–
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover–
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

Gentle eyes that see so much,

paws that have the quiet touch,

Purrs to signal "all is well"

and show more love than words could tell.

Graceful movements touched with pride,

a calming presence by our side --

A friendship that takes time to grow --

Small wonder why we love them so.

Author Unknown


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