Where does the term kitty-corner come from?

Kitty-corner, which means "placed or situated diagonally," has a number of variants, including cater-corner, cata-cornered and catty-corner. It has its origin with the word cater. Dating back to the 16th century, cater, which comes from the French quatre (meaning four), was the name for the number four on a die. It is believed that the positioning of the four dots at the corners of a square is
 
Kitty-corner, which means \"placed or situated diagonally,\" has a number of variants, including cater-corner, cata-cornered and catty-corner. It has its origin with the word cater. Dating back to the 16th century, cater, which comes from the French quatre (meaning four), was the name for the number four on a die. It is believed that the positioning of the four dots at the corners of a square is how cater came to mean \"diagonally opposed.\" <P>Cater-corner first appeared in the American South in the 19th century. For reasons unknown, although possibly because cater sounds and looks similar to cat, the word changed to catty-corner or kitty-corner.</P>
Vote it up
8
Like this Article?Vote it up

Advertisement

 
Advertisement

Free E-Book Samplers

Ultimate Book of Knowledge
new
Ultimate Book of Knowledge
The one-stop treasure trove of fascinating facts. How does a touchscreen work? Why does the sky change colour?...
Download
Ultimate Book of Vegetables
Foods That Harm Foods That Heal Cookbook
Fix It Yourself
 

 

 
Advertisement

Featured Games

Famous Faces Puzzle Game
Can you match the famous faces? Cannot play the game on iPad/iPhone? Click here for the iPad/iPhone friendly version. Please note, this version
Using business skills and the help of your neighbors, family and friends you can turn the overgrown barnyard into a beautiful and prosperous farm agai
Fight side by side with elves and dwarves against orcs and the forces of evil! Defend your city and become the most powerful lord of all!
Important Information
Customer Care

Shop at our store!

• Books
• DVDs
• Music
• Gifts

Shop Singapore 
Shop Malaysia

 

WIN! WIN!

Your chance to win cash & prizes!
Enter now

Are you a winner?
Click here