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1035175.  Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:04 pm Reply with quote

Hello, I was recently rewatching QI C10 (Cleve Crudgington) and in this episode Stephen remarks that 'cat' is derived from 'catullus' in Latin. But surely, I was thinking, 'catullus' is in itself the diminutive of 'cattus'. With 'cattus' therefore being the root for both 'cattulus' and 'cat'.

He also said that 'catullus' refered to dogs, but I rather thought 'canis' already fulfilled that role, though perhaps both could easily have been true.

1035236.  Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:18 am Reply with quote

Catullus referred to the young of any 'household' animal

1035403.  Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:46 pm Reply with quote

Sure, but that still makes 'ullus' the diminutive. :P


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