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Litter vs litter

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Jerry came up with a good comment last weekend.........

Why does litter mean two different things? Kittens, as well as other animals, are born into litters, but yet I buy litter every week for TTP&B to do their business in.......he wants to know, "What's up with that?"
post #2 of 25
Umm...because they both involve the term ?

I.e.

"Oh Susie, the cat is pregnant again!"

"Oh ! The cat just delivered 9 kittens. that's 9 more to feed"

and...

"Can you clean the cat box? It's full of "
post #3 of 25
I've wondered the same thing. Trash thrown on the street is called litter too. When cats and dogs have babies we should call them furry bundles of joy instead.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Umm...because they both involve the term ?

I.e.

"Oh Susie, the cat is pregnant again!"

"Oh ! The cat just delivered 9 kittens. that's 9 more to feed"

and...

"Can you clean the cat box? It's full of "
Great use of that smiley!!
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Umm...because they both involve the term ?

I.e.

"Oh Susie, the cat is pregnant again!"

"Oh ! The cat just delivered 9 kittens. that's 9 more to feed"

and...

"Can you clean the cat box? It's full of "
Thats the best thing I've ever heard!!
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Now that's as good a reason as any!!


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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Umm...because they both involve the term ?

I.e.

"Oh Susie, the cat is pregnant again!"

"Oh ! The cat just delivered 9 kittens. that's 9 more to feed"

and...

"Can you clean the cat box? It's full of "
post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ConsumerKitty View Post
I've wondered the same thing. Trash thrown on the street is called litter too. When cats and dogs have babies we should call them furry bundles of joy instead.

We didn't even think of that use of the word!
post #8 of 25
It also can be used as a verb as in - do not "litter".
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
It also can be used as a verb as in - do not "litter".
Very true!
post #10 of 25
Of course, if you're from the south y'all...it can also be used like this:


'Oh ma, just litter go...she'll be ok...just litter go ma.'



Hilda >^..^<
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Hilda>^..^< View Post
Of course, if you're from the south y'all...it can also be used like this:


'Oh ma, just litter go...she'll be ok...just litter go ma.'



Hilda >^..^<
Oh my...........
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Umm...because they both involve the term ?

I.e.

"Oh Susie, the cat is pregnant again!"

"Oh ! The cat just delivered 9 kittens. that's 9 more to feed"

and...

"Can you clean the cat box? It's full of "
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom View Post
Great use of that smiley!!
That is hysterical Jenny!!!!
post #13 of 25
I think litter is used to describe a cart kinda contraption too..... ok, per Webster's it is also a stretcher or couch used to transport people- what a muli-talented word!!
post #14 of 25
Whoa! We're all putting a lot of thought into this thread!
post #15 of 25
And in rome people were carried around in Litters..
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by ScamperFarms View Post
And in rome people were carried around in Litters..
Yeah! that's what I was trying to think of!
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Umm...because they both involve the term ?

I.e.

"Oh Susie, the cat is pregnant again!"

"Oh ! The cat just delivered 9 kittens. that's 9 more to feed"

and...

"Can you clean the cat box? It's full of "
Yup! That explaines it
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well, if I go to Jerry with all of these answers, it will only confirm what he's always thought.......I hang with a bunch of nuts!
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever View Post
Well, if I go to Jerry with all of these answers, it will only confirm what he's always thought.......I hang with a bunch of nuts!
And that's a bad thing?
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
Yeah! that's what I was trying to think of!
hehehe no problemo
post #21 of 25
Isn't a litter also one of those things that royalty rode in in ancient times where the servants all carried the carriages with poles?
Maybe litter means a contained portable area for transport, etc. I'd have to look it up in Wilkipedia.
post #22 of 25
My answer is: The English language is a strange thing...
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Fred&Nermal View Post
Isn't a litter also one of those things that royalty rode in in ancient times where the servants all carried the carriages with poles?
Maybe litter means a contained portable area for transport, etc. I'd have to look it up in Wilkipedia.
yup not just royalty any one of noble status
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by Moz View Post
My answer is: The English language is a strange thing...
I think that sums it up best!
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Moz View Post
My answer is: The English language is a strange thing...
I'll agree too! Did you ever watch a comedian called Gallegher (he use to smash pumpkins) anyways one bit he did he picked apart the english language, talking about words that were spelled similarly, but pronounced differently.

I.e. "read" could be reed or red and "lead" could be leed or led.

I think Rowan Atkinson had a special that was like this too...actually I think he played more on words then nit pick.
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