Word of the month club: catspaw



a person used as a tool by another

a slight breeze seen as ripples on the sea surface

(there’s also a nautical term relating to knots, but Gert couldn’t understand a word of it).


But did you know that catspaw meaning a person used by another was originally catsfoot, and this came from the tale of a monkey using the paw of a cat to rake chestnuts out of the fire?

And we’ll complete this cat-lesson with two nice  proverbs we hadn’t heard before:

a cat in gloves catches no mice

wanton kittens make sober cats


Any other quaint cat sayings?


24 thoughts on “Word of the month club: catspaw

  1. cat’s pajamas
    scaredy cat
    you look like the cat that ate the canary
    curiosity killed the … you-know-what
    raining cats and dogs
    look what the cat dragged in
    when the cats’ away
    cat got your tongue?
    the catbird seat

    what do I win?

  2. Oh dear, you’ve let the cat out of the bag now, it’s the cat o’ nine tails for you! You want a catalogue of feline phrases? Well, I may or mayn’t be the cat’s whiskers but I do feel like the proverbial rolling in catnip.

    I’ll stop my caterwauling now …

  3. Lovely photo – thanks for sharing. I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to have a look? Wishing you a sunny afternoon, Sam 🙂

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