© by Anne Hart, 2016
Using dog or cat as a verb: You might say, "Don't dog the candidate." You might say, "They studied with dogged determination." Could you say, "They acted catty?" Can you use cat only as a noun, adjective, or adverb, but not as a verb? Can 'cat' be a verb that implies the act of curiosity, balance, or investigation?
You can say, "Don't let your dogged determination overpower the cat in you." But can you use cat as a verb instead of a description such as 'kittenish'?
Why can or can't you use the word cat as a verb as you would use 'dog' as a verb? Can you say, "Don't cat the client?" What would that imply--the business of "acting catty or kitten-like, which might mean winsome or cute"?