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Origin of cattywampus?
August 22, 2014 11:18AM
The term catawampus is usually heard in the southern region of the US. It originates from the French word 'quarter' which means four cornered. It is very similar to the term catty-corner.
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What is the origin of the word cattywampus?
Crooked, askew, awry, diagonal. Mostly used in the South, often to describe a badly made thing. Also reputed to be a bogey-cat used as a threat to prevent the running away of slaves. The "wampus" part gives it an air of "faux Native American" with its similarity to wampum, not unlike mugwump for political fence-sitters, an extinct species.
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