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Skin the cat.

Posted by Smokey Stover on February 10, 2004

In Reply to: Hi posted by ESC on February 10, 2004

: : I think "eschew obfuscation" is the canonical example. rather reminds me of GNU (Gnu is not unix) and other self-referencing contradictions. (WINE is not an emulator)

: I kind of like that phrase though. But it's hard to say without spitting.

In 1948 Charles Funk wrote that any country boy would know the meaning of "skin the cat" as a physical maneuver performed, I guess, by country boys. I beg to differ. He may well be right about the expression, but not that every country boy knew the maneuver. That may have been true in Mr. Funk's neck of the woods, but not in mine. SS