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No, this isn’t a post about the Supertramp song. Instead, I’m revisiting the subject of cats and dogs, which I mined in an earlier post. I’ve always thought that it’s curious how some seemingly analogous compound words containing “cat” and “dog” often have such divergent meanings. I’ve augmented the list of common phrases with some gleanings from the OED and other dictionaries. I think it’s worth remarking that there is a sexist or chauvinistic flavor to some of the definitions. (more…)

Tolstoy famously asserted, in Anna Karénina (part i , chapter i) that “All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

To paraphrase (and to shamelessly shill for comments by invoking a devilishly controversial subject), I hereby proclaim that “All dogs resemble one another, every cat is neurotic in its own way.”