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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
A dog has no more to do with someone dogmatic than a cat has to do with someone who acts as a catalyst.
A caterpillar has connections to both a cat and a dog. The English caterpillar is, literally speaking, a hairy cat. French for a caterpillar, chenille,* on the other paw, is from chien (dog).
That’s language for you. Appearances can be deceiving. Try not to apply logic to human languages. Gives me a headache, when I think about them. Now computer languages, those are easy.
Well, it’s raining cats and dogs this week (do not step into a poodle). All of the words have something to do with animals, of the canine and feline persuasions. Sometimes it’s obvious, other times not so much -- you may have to pay more attention to the etymology.
*It’s the same chenille that is borrowed into English for the woolly fabric. In French, it describes both the fabric and the caterpillar.
adjective: Relating to the chase or hunting.
From Greek kunagos (hunter), from kuon (dog) + igetis (leader). Earliest documented use: 1716.
“It’s his cynegetic knowledge that becomes the instrument of his initiation into Minne’s hunt.”
Marcelle Thiébaux; The Stag of Love; Cornell University Press; 2014.
“In a rich footnote, Chamayou notes the privileged place dogs of war are often afforded in cynegetic politics.”
Benjamin Meiches; Non-Human Humanitarians; Review of International Studies (London, UK); Jan 2019.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. -William Somerset Maugham, writer (25 Jan 1874-1965)