pole cat

Lesa Dill Lesa.Dill at WKU.EDU
Thu Mar 15 17:04:56 UTC 2001

My sociolinguistics class and I went off on a tangent
the other night and walked through the world of "pole
cat."  Some of the students were wondering what the
origin of that skunk name was.  Someone thought it
might involve a racial or ethnic slur??  Anyone know?
Is the term still in widespread use?

Deep in the land of possums and pole cats--

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