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The term cat has long since designated only the animal. Its use was transformed, so much so that it could be said that it is one of the most versatile words we have.
In the past, the term poor cat was used for a “negligible person or without economic means”. Then the term was adopted by the world of prostitution. Cat to designate the one who pays a woman (associated with the term trigger). And, by transfer, to designate the woman who charges in exchange for sex .
Subsequently, the tumbero use won the scene. With the meaning of “servant,” it is applied to a prisoner subjected by a more powerful one. And here arises an ambiguity. Cat is also “police”, perhaps associated with the moustache voice, which designates by metonymy the agent of typical mustache and relates it to the animal's mustaches.
Either way, we can no longer think of just an animal when we hear this word. In most cases, we're sure to be facing an insult.
Publication Date: 24/07/2019
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