WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
We were lying on Zoe’s bed keeping her company while she was falling asleep, and we got to talking (quietly!) about words, specifically cat sayings and expressions.
Sasha, what does it mean when someone says that a person looks like “the cat who swallowed the canary”?
Well, Lola, you know when you’ve half eaten a bird and you get a feather sideways down your throat and you look a little sick? It’s that look.
Lola, what does it mean to “let the cat out of the bag?
Well, Sasha, you know how I like to climb into Zoe’s suitcase when she is packing?
Well, what if Zoe zipped up the bag with me in it! Then I would be meowing like crazy to be let out. And then Zoe would unzip the bag and “let the cat out of the bag”!
Sasha, what is a “scaredy cat”?
Well, Lola, not a lot of people know this but the original saying was “scaredy cow”. And that saying is related to the word, “coward” , which was originally “cow-herd” . But don’t get me started on expressions with the word cow in it. That is a subject for another conversation.
We have noticed that a lot of human sayings involve torturing cats or dead cats. For example:
Curiosity killed the cat.
There is more than one way to skin a cat.
No room to swing a dead cat.
Cat on a hot tin roof.
Humans seem to have it in for cats.
Dear readers: If you know any other cat related sayings, idioms or expressions (that includes foreign languages) please leave a comment below.
And here is a little challenge for you:
what does the saying “All cats are gray in the dark” mean?
Obviously, Lola’s and Sasha’s explanations for the different sayings were not even near the correct meaning. (This was Zoe writing the fun fact.)