Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday Trivia: Cat Calls

I always thought that a cat call was that thing goofy guys did when a cute girl walked by.

Boy was I wrong. (I guess those are woof whistles?)

The cat call traces its origin back to Shakespeare's time (mid-1600's), where the phrase meant to boo bad acting.

file: Wikimedia Commons public domain

It came to be known as a cat call because the booing signified the audience's opinion: that the acting sounded as bad as a fence full of yowling cats. (OUCH)

maybe not such a good name for a song?
Etymology Online, Wiki Answers and Memidex Online Dictionary


  1. I can just picture a crowd of yowling cats in the audience of the Globe Theater ... all dressed as Puss in Boots :)

  2. We never knew that meant booing. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. We didn't know that either. Well now we do. Thanks for sharing. =)

  4. Cats don't yowl. We SING! Those humans have no appreciation for our talents. Hrummpff.

  5. This is something that Mom didn't know. Very interesting!

    Purrs from your friends,
    Bo and Mi

  6. This is interesting trivia...who knew! Meow...
    Kitty XO

  7. It mean booing? Whoa doods, der are gonna be a lot of construction workers wif black eyes out der once dis gets around! ROFMOL! I warned mom but she muttered dat it been a ga-zillion-million years since construction workers gave her a cat call....uh oh...guess dat was for my ears only...oh well too late...RUN FOR DA HILLS BOYZ!!!!!

    1. Maxwell: Bucky, dood, you're about in as much trouble as Faraday is today. He bit momma's lip in the middle of the night. HARD.

  8. Thanks for this interesting bit of trivia. We never knew that! :)

  9. Such interesting trivia. Thanks for sharing. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  10. Interesting. I was doing the cat call early this morning because another kitty was trespassing on our property so I had loudly tell it to leave!!

  11. We knew that but we didn't realize that the concept of cat calls dated back to Shakespeare's time. Interesting!

  12. And all this time I thought a cat call was all the racket Binga makes all day, asking to be fed!

  13. We didn't know that. How interesting.


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