I Love Little Pussy

Ronald Butters ronbutters at AOL.COM
Sun Mar 11 19:14:37 UTC 2012

I still find "The Owl and the Pussycat" anthologized and I believe it is still read to children. It was when I taught Introduction to Literature, because it is a good introduction to allegory.

And there are many references to humans using pussy, often, but not always, sans double entendre:




What's New, Pussycat? was a 1965 film that is surely still seen on TCM.

And then there are about 42,000,000 hits for "I love my pussycat"

And what about Pussy Galore?

On Mar 11, 2012, at 12:11 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:

> On Mar 11, 2012, at 7:11 AM, W Brewer wrote:
>> On 3/10/2012 5:21 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>> It's been many years since I heard a living person refer to a cat as a
>>> "pussy." Or even as a "pussycat."
>> Tom Jones would be rolling in his grave, if he were dead. As would Tweety
>> Bird.
> Maybe "puddy-tat" has spared the ravages of taboo avoidance.
> LH
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