Thursday, 15 June 2017
Cat Got Your Tongue?
Cat got your tongue? is usually applied to a person who appears to be at a loss for words. There are two possible sources of this saying. One refers back to the English navy and the habit of whipping miscreants with a cat o' nine tails. Apparently the pain was so bad it rendered the victims speechless. The other possible source is an ancient habit of cutting out the tongues of liars and feeding them to cats. I don't think I'm ever going to use that expression again. Just the thought of it makes me want to gag.