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Using 'cat' as a verb: You can say, "Don't dog the teacher." Can you say, "Don't cat the file?"

Sacramento Latina: When the One Universal We Have in Common Divides Us - Anne Hart

© 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"?

 

Would you like to be able to use cat as a verb or a noun in some way similar to how people use dog as a noun? Dogging the client could mean annoying or upsetting, bothering, or pestering repeatedly. But what would catting mean or cat the client? Would it mean scratching at something or balancing on a thin fence?
 
Would 'cat' the client (where 'cat' is used as a verb) imply being curious or inquisitive about the deal or situation? You could say it means scratching at a situation until you get at the answer. You might ask what is cat behavior most like, if 'cat' also becomes a verb?