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Cat’s out the bag: idiomatically maligned, yes, but he’ll have ...


Words in the hand: cats and dogs

Cat’s out the bag: idiomatically maligned, yes, but he’ll have his day

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Though the barrage of lockdown memes has lessened in intensity (after a year of pandemic it is hard to believe in one’s actual existence, let alone find anything funny), every now and then a gem comes my way.

Today someone forwarded me a tweet from a cat lover that read: “You know who doesn’t get impostor syndrome? Cats. Not only does every cat know they’re a cat, I think every cat believes firmly, with conviction, that they are the best possible cat, the prime example of a cat, the most cat a cat could be.”

As I write this, it is once again raining cats and dogs in Johannesburg. Every time I think of this phrase it puts me in mind of my former Italian teacher and how flummoxed he was when he first heard this expression...

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