Special Sub-Topic: The Proverbial Cat
|You come home after a long and boisterous party, looking the worse for wear. As you stagger off to bed, your dear mate says "Look what..."?|
the cat dragged in.. Chewed-up parts of rats and birds, usually. Yecch! I know they mean well, but...
|"Boo! Hiss! You stink!"|
catcalls. I really don't know why cats are supposed to "call" when displeased. Mine scream! Maybe they didn't care for the play "Cats."
|You really pulled off a good trick, now you sit smugly like...|
the cat who swallowed the canary. The bird owner might disapprove, but Kitty doesn't care! He has his own priorities.
|You're a cat, hiding in a room with all the lights turned out, the shades drawn, and midnight on the other side of the window. What color are you?|
gray. All cats are gray in the dark! If something works well for you, why fret about the details?
|You're grinning all over your face! You must be...|
The Cheshire Cat.. The Cheshire Cat who lived in Wonderland could disappear and leave his grin behind! As Alice observed, we often see a cat without a grin, but that grin without the cat was really a smart trick!
|Someone is beating you to within an inch of your life! He must be using...|
a cat o' nine tails.. He was using a whip with up to nine lashes, each with a flesh-tearing tip! Cats hunt and kill prey, but naming this kind of torture after cats is just wrong!
|"Uh... er... like... well... y'know..." |
The cat's got your tongue.. I don't know why a cat should grab a tongue! Were you wagging it too much?
|Pussycat! You just went to London to visit the Queen! What did you do while you were there?|
Frightened a little mouse under her chair.. A cat can look at a king (or queen), but just try to get a little respect from him! Cats can be very sweet and loving, but they don't understand "superiors."
|Just call me Cats-anova! The girls are crazy about me, but I just love 'em and leave 'em! Raunchy? Sure, but after all, I'm just...|
A tomcat.. And, of course, I'm in fine voice and ready to caterwaul with the best! But unless I can slip out, no tomcatting around for me!
|"I'm so mad at her I could just tear her hair out! Claw her eyes out! Kick her in the you-know-what!" Oh, dear. I'm spoiling for a... |
catfight.. "No matter how cats fight, there are always plenty of kittens." (Abraham Lincoln)
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