Words with Webster
Hi, everybody! Webster here, with a brand-new installment of Words with Me. Today I’ve collected a bunch more old ways to say “cat.” This list continues the much shorter list I started last year in thispost. Once again, the terms are from Oxford English Dictionary’s Historical Thesaurus, and they’re arranged in order from newest to oldest:
Pussy: (1699) A colloquial term for a cat. Also used as a proper or pet name.
Pussycat: (1698) A cat.
Miaower: (1632) Also miauler, meaning a cat.
Grimalkin: (1630) Used as both a proper name and a common term for a cat. Applied especially to older female cats. Also used as contemptuous term for a jealous old woman.
Tibert: (1616) Used as both a proper name and a common term for a cat.
Mewer: (1611) Meaning an animal that mews, especially a cat. Also mewler.
Puss-Cat: (1529) Meaning a cat or a person who was like a cat.
Baudrons: (1500) A Scottish name for the cat.
Gib: (1400) A familiar name given to a cat. “To play fy gib” (to say “fie” to the cat) meant to threaten someone. Later, “gib” meant a neutered male cat. The word has also been used reproachfully, especially when referring to an old woman.
Bad: (1325) Meaning a domestic or wild cat.
Cat: (800) Meaning a domestic feline.
And now to Friendly Fill-Ins, from 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader. They are a fun way to learn a little bit about the authors of the blogs you read. The first two questions, answered by old SoLT, are from Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the next two, answered this week by Real Cat Paisley, are from Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.
1. My favorite kind of cookie is chocolate chip with walnuts.
2. I have no idea who would play me in a movie about my life. I think my life is more suited to a comic book than a movie.
Real Cat Paisley’s answers
3. Love is having a nice person who feeds you and everything and whose lap you can nap on.
4. For Valentine's Day, Mommy is helping me write a very lovely poem, but you’ll have to wait till next week to read it.