Tuesday, June 23, 2009


The windows were open last night, and sometime during the dark hours, a cat began fiercely wailing.

Nerd that I am, I lay awake a few minutes thinking about the term caterwauling, and wondering its derivation.

Well, wonder no more. Here it is: Middle English *caterwawlen : *cater, tomcat; akin to Low German kater + wawlen, wrawlen, to yowl (ultimately of imitative origin).

Of imitative origin. I like that.

And in case you haven't had the pleasure of hearing this cacophony recently, here's a short example:

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