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Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases
Mums NI
Written by Mums NI on Friday, 16 November 2018 Posted in: Fun Facts Friday

At Mums NI, we believe that education starts at home. We, as parents, are our children's Primary Educators. Together, we can inspire young minds and make learning fun!

In this Fun Facts Friday, we are looking at how the use of the word "cat" became part of our everyday language used in popular phrases. So get your little ones and snuggle down for this feline cat chat.

Why the use of cat? What do the sayings mean?

Lets find out . . .

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases
Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 1


The love of cats can be traced back to the Ancient Egyptian times, where cats were held in the highest esteem. They even worshipped a goddess called Bastet, who was half cat and half human and represented protection, fertility and motherhood.

In the Ancient Egyptian times, cats quite often killed poisonous snakes and which made them known for their protection skills. Cats were so much loved at that time that when they died, they were mummified! If you take a trip to the Ulster Museum in Belfast you will be able to see an example of this at the Takabuti exhibit. 

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 2


Saying: Let the cat of out the bag

Meaning: To expose/reveal a secret by mistake

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 3


Saying: raining cats and dogs

Meaning: it is raining extremely heavy rainfall

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 4


Saying: The cat's pyjamas

Meaning: something that is brilliant

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 5


Saying: cat got your tongue

Meaning: to be speechless or have no reply 

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 6


Saying: when the cat's away, the mice will play

Meaning: when the person in charge is away, everyone else can do what they wish

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 7


Saying: not enough room to swing a cat

Meaning: there is very little space in a room/cupboard/tent etc

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 8


Saying: put the cat among the pigeons

Meaning: doing or saying something that causes trouble

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 9


Saying: curiosity killed the cat

Meaning: being too intrusive on other peoples business might get you into trouble (being nosy)

Fun Facts Friday - Cat Inspired Phrases

Fact 10


Saying: enough to make a cat laugh

Meaning: something which is very amusing/funny/witty

Competition:

Get your child to make a cat picture and share it with us. They might just win a little prize.

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