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>
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