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Help settle a vocabulary dispute in another CM question?

http://www.cafemom.com/answers/711038/anon_or_other_rude_catty_bitches_i_know_youre_going_to_find_me_so_heres_a_question_for_you?cat_id=&order=&next=41

If you read the responses, you will see an anon appear out of nowhere to try to correct the OP and tell her that "catty" is not a word, that it is "caddy", which is a masculine term. A couple of other posters argue that catty is a real word and one provides a link to the word listed at Dictionary.com. Apparently, being listed in the dictionary is not sufficient proof for some people, as another one or two posters continues to insist on the whole cad thing.

So, cafemom linguists and wordsmiths, who do you think is right? Is "catty" itself a word, unrelated to the old English "cad"? Is being listed on Dictionary. com proper evidence?

This is kind of for fun, people, so let's be cool, K?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:37 AM on Jan. 21, 2011 in About CafeMom

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Answers (16)
  • I don't know why people said it wasn't. But according to my research, it is not a recent word or term added to the dictionary. Merriam-Webster has the first known use of the term listed as 1886.
    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 6:35 AM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • yes, catty is a real word
    elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 6:12 AM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • Catty - Subtly cruel or malicious; spiteful: a catty remark.
    Julia0331

    Answer by Julia0331 at 6:08 AM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • Some people just like to argue for the sake of arguing. But sorry people CATTY is a real word.
    Julia0331

    Answer by Julia0331 at 6:10 AM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • cat·ty/ˈkatē/Adjective
    1. Deliberately hurtful in one's remarks; spiteful.
    2. Of or relating to cats; catlike.

    It's a real word.
    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 6:20 AM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • People will argue about the color of the sky on this site.
    Bethsunshine

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 2:50 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • YES SORRY, OOPS
    Julia0331

    Answer by Julia0331 at 6:10 AM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • Being listed in a dictionary is proof enough for me. Some people just can't let go of feeling they are the only ones who know something and they can not be wrong if they have not heard of the word!

    elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 6:42 AM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • Catty is, of course, a real word.

    I not sure what it would mean to tell someone to "Stop being caddy!" Stop carrying my golf clubs for me?
    sweetpotato418

    Answer by sweetpotato418 at 9:43 AM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • So you're siding with the "catty is a real word" team?
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 6:10 AM on Jan. 21, 2011

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