Posted by L. Hughes on October 23, 2001
In Reply to: There is more than one way to skin a cat posted by ESC on February 01, 2000
I can offer a whole new spin on this particular phrase. I am from the Mississipp Delta, where catfish is a staple of our diet (or at least it was). Catfish have to be skinned when they are cleaned, unlike all other fish there which must be scaled. Since everyone catches and cleans their own fish, everyone has their own way to skin the catfish, hence the phrase "more than one way to skin a cat." They are talking about catfish, not cats. As a side note, if you were ever to run across someone fishing out of the river or one of the many waterways we have there and ask them if they had caught anything , their answer, (if they had caught some catfish) would typically be, "yeah a couple of cat", meaning , of course, catfish.