Daily Dose of Dapper: The Cat’s Out of the Bag

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I never mind when my parents go shopping because that means new bags and boxes for me! We all know how much I love them, and if you didn’t, here’s another “Tux in a bag” picture for you.

Speaking of cats and bags, have you ever wondered where the phrase “letting the cat out of the bag” came from? I was just wondering and looked it up. There seem to be two theories: 1. Sailors used to be punished for transgressions with a whipping from the cat o’ nine tails, which had to be taken out of a bag (so taking the “cat” out of the bag would lead to painful punishment. And 2. In the late middle ages finer meat was scarce, so sometimes merchants would substitute a cat or dog (I know, gross) in a bag rather than the promised pig to try to dupe buyers. The bag would be tied shut, so buyers usually didn’t know until they got home that they had been duped. But if buyers opened the bag, they would “let the cat out of the bag” and see that it was in fact not a pig. However, both theories seem to have been dispelled over the years, with many just accepting the more believable truth that anyone who has ever gotten a cat into a bag knows that once out, it will not go back, suggesting the irreversibility of a told secret. But it’s always fun to hear the other theories!

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4 thoughts on “Daily Dose of Dapper: The Cat’s Out of the Bag

  1. kittiesblue

    Interesting info and the most adorable photo with a “tuxie” bag for a tuxie kitty. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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