Will.Whim

A weblog by Will Fitzgerald

to cat

It’s always fun to see what obscure meanings of words show up as I do my work. Today’s obscure word is the verb “to cat,” meaning “to vomit.” According the Grose’s 1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue, here are some other ways to say “to vomit:”

  • to cast up one’s accounts
  • to flash the hash
  • to pump ship
  • to flay
  • to shoot the cat, to cat
  • to cascade

A British colleague, when I asked him whether ‘to cat’ meant ‘to vomit’ in Britain, suggested it might be an Australian term, because, he said, they seem to have more words for vomiting than anyone else.

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