Tashirojima is a dwindling two-port, 100-person fishing community where cats outnumber humans many times over.
A number of clearly partisan studies have suggested that cats are unfeeling and sociopathic.
And you should spill burning secrets, as cats will leap out of bags one way or another.
But always remember: you are competing for the attention of an elderly woman in the north of England against her four cats.
The two were invited by roommates, but Hubley was annoyed that they had let her cats outside.
The newspapers pounced on them with joy, as cats pounce and purr on catnip.
And I don't think that cats have forgotten to this day the importance they had in Egypt.
That we must attribute to cats the estimable virtue of benevolence, Mrs F— gives me two anecdotes to prove.
Indeed, to this hour I have a lingering belief that cats can foretell the weather.
In ancient Egypt it was a sin to kill a cat; in England cats are slain in myriads without a tremor of compunction.
Old English catt (c.700), from West Germanic (c.400-450), from Proto-Germanic *kattuz (cf. Old Frisian katte, Old Norse köttr, Dutch kat, Old High German kazza, German Katze), from Late Latin cattus.
The near-universal European word now, it appeared in Europe as Latin catta (Martial, c.75 C.E.), Byzantine Greek katta (c.350) and was in general use on the continent by c.700, replacing Latin feles. Probably ultimately Afro-Asiatic (cf. Nubian kadis, Berber kadiska, both meaning "cat"). Arabic qitt "tomcat" may be from the same source. Cats were domestic in Egypt from c.2000 B.C.E., but not a familiar household animal to classical Greeks and Romans. The nine lives have been proverbial since at least 1560s.
The Late Latin word also is the source of Old Irish and Gaelic cat, Welsh kath, Breton kaz, Italian gatto, Spanish gato, French chat (12c.). Independent, but ultimately from the same source are words in the Slavic group: Old Church Slavonic kotuka, kotel'a, Bulgarian kotka, Russian koška, Polish kot, along with Lithuanian kate and non-Indo-European Finnish katti, which is from Lithuanian.
Extended to lions, tigers, etc. c.1600. As a term of contempt for a woman, from early 13c. Slang sense of "prostitute" is from at least c.1400. Slang sense of "fellow, guy," is from 1920, originally in U.S. Black English; narrower sense of "jazz enthusiast" is recorded from 1931.
Cat's paw (1769, but cat's foot in the same sense, 1590s) refers to old folk tale in which the monkey tricks the cat into pawing chestnuts from a fire; the monkey gets the nuts, the cat gets a burnt paw. Cat bath "hurried or partial cleaning" is from 1953. Cat burglar is from 1907, so called for stealth. Cat-witted "small-minded, obstinate, and spiteful" (1670s) deserved to survive. For Cat's meow, cat's pajamas, see bee's knees.
1975, medical acronym for computerized axial tomography or something like it. Related: CAT scan.
computerized axial tomography
A bulldozer or Caterpillar tractor
[1940s+; fr Caterpillar, trademark for a kind of continuous-track tractor]
A catamaran boat (1960s+)
A Cadillac: Tia Juana pulled up in his long green Cat (1940s+ Black)