Millie Webb millie-webb at CHARTER.NET
Thu Jul 25 06:32:28 UTC 2002

Just thought I would mention that I have never heard "catawampus" used like "cat's corner".  I have always inferred the meaning as "crooked, mixed up, or FUBAR" (though from people too polite to use the latter, if they have any idea what it stands for).  And yes, I have heard "catercorner" regularly (kat-ter-corner).  I spent my first twenty-plus years in St Paul, MN, then ten plus years in SE Michigan.  Mostly though, I heard it "kiddy corner" in MN.  "catty corner" was one I hadn't heard until the last five years or so.  I guess I have led a sheltered life after all (only lived in three different States and three countries including the US). -- Millie

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