Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 16 10:49:53 UTC 2009

Takes me back to the 50's and Elvis, known as The Hillbilly Cat.  In one song Elvis says to his band "Go cats go."

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
see phonetic spelling

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> Hah! Didn't know that old Joyge was hip, did you? It's all right.
> Surprised *me*, too.
> Good catch!
> -Wilson
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 9:48 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
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>> GQ has a longish excerpt from a book by one of Bush's speech writers.
>> New York Magazine ( summarized the piece as "10 things we
>> learned about George Bush". Among the 10 things, there is this one:
>> 5. Bush Refers to People As "Cat": "We got to make this understandable
>> for the average cat," he said of one speech. Another time, talking about
>> candidate Barack Obama, Bush said, "This is a dangerous world, and this
>> cat isn’t remotely qualified to handle it."
>> Last time I heard "cat" used like that was in Fritz the Cat cartoons by
>> Ralph Bakshi--since he does not refer to anyone as a Crow, it's probably
>> safe to say he did not learn it from there. OK, so maybe there were some
>> TV ads that referred to "cool cats" (I have an image of a cheetah with
>> sunglasses in my head, for some reason). Or maybe some NYC BE in Kojak
>> (as little of it as there was in the show--probably associated with
>> musicians). Either way, the language is bizarre for an upper middle-age
>> white guy who grew up in suburban Connecticut and "matured" (if this
>> word applies) in Texas.
>> Am I missing something here?
>> VS-)
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> -Wilson
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