Word of the Week Wednesday: catawampus


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: catawampus.

Catawampus is an adjective meaning askew, off-center or diagonally oriented.

It’s related to the word cater-cornered but it sounds more like some backwoods, mythical beast like a jackalope or a dropbear.

This connection is probably due to my half-remembering the legend of the Wampus-cat.

While the property of being askew or not quite orthogonal is not uninteresting in itself, I do like the word more as a name for a cryptid.

 

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

One Response to Word of the Week Wednesday: catawampus

  1. sacil says:

    I’ve heard people say the word, but I always thought it was some made-up phrase. I didn’t know it had a real meaning!

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