Half mast

Posted by David FG on October 08, 2005

In Reply to: Half mast posted by ESC on October 07, 2005

: : Where does the saying "What happened, has the cat died?" come from when someones trousers are short or "half mast"

: I don't know. I would imagine it started as a code phrase between friends or family members.

I don't know, but as flags are traditionally flown at half mast as a sign of mourning, maybe it is being suggested that the short (or 'half-mast') trousers are in honour of a dead cat.