CATO -- acronym?

wordmall wordmall at AOL.COM
Thu Dec 17 15:02:36 UTC 2009

Model airplane clubs announce CATO! when a plane crashes. Some say it
is an acronym (crash on takeoff, catastrophe on takeoff, etc.). Others
say it is an abbreviation of CATastrOphe. Can anyone document a
reliable source?

Michael J. Sheehan

The American Dialect Society -

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