Cat got your tongue?

Posted by ESC on October 01, 2003

In Reply to: Cat got your tongue? posted by Karin on October 01, 2003

: where is this from?

HAS THE CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE? -- "Why don't you speak? Your silence is suspicious. The saying originated in the mid-nineteenth century and was used when addressing a child who refused to answer a parent's questions after some mischief. Often shortened to `cat got your tongue?'." From Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

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