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About Cat’s Names…Our Name Guru Mr TS Eliot

HIYA…I have this on my page Stuff I love love love to read…but thought I’d make sure you see it…mostly ‘cuz no one has even TRIED to guess my second name!!

I mean….sheeesh…come on…give just a little guess….go on…I dare ya…I double dare ya….MOL  Paw Pats Savannah

shhhhhhhhh….I’m thinkin’ about my ineffable inscrutable singular name…..

Check out this GREATTTT poem…really one of my fav’s!  And…I have 3 names just like Mr. Eliot says…betch’a didn’t know that…huh?!  You know my first name…Savannah..but I betch’a can’t guess my Second name…the one all the cats know and it just belongs to me forever, no other cat can have it…go on, I dare ya’, GUESS!  And let me know what you think…

The Naming of Cats

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn’t just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily, Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James, Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey, All of them sensible everyday names.

There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter, Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames: Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter – But all of them sensible everyday names.

But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular, A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified, Else how can he keep his tail perpendicular? Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?

Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum, Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat, Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum – Names that never belong to more than one cat.

But above and beyond there’s still one name left over, And that is the name that you never will guess; The name that no human research can discover – But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.

When you notice a cat in profound meditation, The reason, I tell you, is always the same: His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:

His ineffable effable, effanineffable, Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

T.S. Eliot  Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

Cover of "Old Possum's Book of Practical ...

Cover of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

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3 thoughts on “About Cat’s Names…Our Name Guru Mr TS Eliot

  1. I give up! Come on….confess!!


    • heyheyhey my friend Sammy…ya have’ta wait ’til next Tuesday…Mom won’t let me tell yet..have a purrrrfectly sunny weekend..enjoy your garden, paw pats, Savannah

      • Hi Savannah…well, I’ll try to be PATIENT…’s a constant challenge but I’ll TRY. Concatulations on your blog award – can’t wait to read your list from A to Z! Have a swell weekend.

        Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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