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there is more then one way to skin a cat!

Friday, August 05, 2011

can anyone tell me where this saying comes from? we all say it one time or another, but where does it come from? emoticon

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MARVEEME 8/5/2011 7:31PM


The earliest printed citation of this proverbial saying that I can find is in a short story by the American humorist Seba Smith - The Money Diggers, 1840:

"There are more ways than one to skin a cat," so are there more ways than one of digging for money.

Other versions of the phrase were in use in the 19th century, which specify the 'other ways' of felicide that might be employed. Charles Kingsley recorded the most common variant in the novel Westward Ho!, 1855. As befits a West Country gentleman, Kingsley opted for:

There are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream.

Other forms of end that have been employed (and sometimes of a dog rather than a cat) are hanging, choking with butter and choking with pudding.

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RATFINKROB 8/5/2011 9:31AM

    I was curious myself so I Googled it. I is just a modern twist on an old English saying, there is more than one way to kill a cat than chocking it on cream. The American version is from the southern states and the cat refers to catfish, that you skin before eating.

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