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My Cat Got a Word in the Dictionary

Yep, she did.  My old cat, who I got in November of 1996, has an unusually large vocabulary.  In addition to the traditional “meow” and purring, she could say a lot of other expressions including “rah”, “nah” and, the winner, “meh”.

Now it turns out that Harper Collins in including “meh” in the dictioary!  It is defined as “as an expression of indifference or boredom, or an adjective meaning mediocre or boring” which my cat agrees with totally.  Since the article states that it gained popularity in 2001 after being used on the Simpsons, my cat’s usage of the word clearly pre-dates that by several years.

You can even buy shirts and sweathers with meh on them.

For future editions of the dictionary, “rah” is an expression of extreme annoyance and “nah” means “don’t pet me there!”

Her name is, of course, Hale-Bopp.

November 17, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. That’s hilarious! I hope Harper Collins gives Hale-Bopp credit where credit is due in their next edition. She seems like quite the loquacious cat. My late kitty’s vocab was limited to “food”, “food now”, “where food?”, and… well, you get the idea.

    Comment by bonegirl | January 31, 2009 | Reply


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