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Kitty Corner or Catty Corner?

Postby DailyInfo » Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:41 am

Had always heard Catty Corner until I went to college... then some upstate NY friends said Kitty Corner.
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Postby Perry » Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:20 am

It is catty-corner. See this explanation of how the expression comes from cater-cornered.

However, in fairness to your upstate NY friends (and my mother, who hailed from Troy, NY), this term does have many spellingsand pronounciations.
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Postby Echo » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:17 am

Here in Green Bay ...right or wrong...we say "kitty corner". I KNOW it's katty corner, but no one says it that way
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Postby Beckee Lyn » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:11 pm

Have a friend from Kansas who says "catty-wampus". Loved it so much, had to adopt it for my own.
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Postby Perry » Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:57 am

My Taekwondo instructor, here in Asheville NC, also uses catty-wampus. It does have a nice ring to it.
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Postby Bailey » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:38 am

Perry wrote:My Taekwondo instructor, here in Asheville NC, also uses catty-wampus. It does have a nice ring to it.

kitty corner nmeans across the street one house down, catty-wampus means askew, like, "When I tossed the box of junk in the room, it landed all catty-wampus against the wall."

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Postby Perry » Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:20 pm

I do know the meaning. By having a nice ring to it, I meant that catty-wampus sounds nicer than ass-backwards, twisted or misaligned.

BTW Bailey, I am shocked. :shock: I never would have taken you for an indoors-junk-tosser. :roll:
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Postby Bailey » Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:26 pm

Don't be shocked I am not all that I may appear, and I'm sure none of you are either.

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Postby Perry » Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:41 pm

I suppose you are right. I probably never was what I used to be.
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Postby Bailey » Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:58 pm

very good Perry, or should I say parry, for that petulant thrust.

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