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Wednesday March 28, 2007
10:02 AM

Well, for one thing... (three new idioms learnt)

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No, not Perl idioms... but I learnt them in clpmisc:

  • I mentioned Catalyst, Maypole, Jifty;
  • Sherm Pendley commented that IHHO Catalyst is the "cat's meow";
  • I asked to please explain the idiom, because I'm not a native English speaker.

The answer was:

Well, i can explain its meaning, but I don't know its origin for sure.

From what I can find, it's from the 1920s. A "cool cat" was someone who kept up with all the latest fads and trends. The "cat's meow" was something too cool for words.

Today, Dave Weaver added:

Similar phrases, in terms of both meaning and structure, are "bee's knees", and (mainly UK English, more common, but more coarse) "dog's bollocks".

(emphasis is mine.)

PS: it was my birthday two days ago, would this count as a present? ;-)

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  • Dog's bollocks are too cool for words? :-)
    • Assuming they know better. Don't they? If not, what would be a better explanation for the third idiom? Or is yours just a joke? Oh, c'mon! Please don't make fun of me only because my English is far from being perfect... ;-)
      -- # This prints: Just another Perl hacker, seek DATA,15,0 and print q... ; __END__