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07 September 2007

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John B.

I am greatly enjoying the AgonyCats posts. This one in particular gets at a crucial reason why I admire cats so much (though I certainly enjoy having my dog around): cats, being more solitary by nature, have a sense of propriety and modesty; dogs' pack-like sensibilities and "pre-verbal" memories of their litter-mates' butts being in their faces all the time prompts them to be a bit more, ahem, direct in their intelligence-gathering on the other members of the household. Not that I'm exactly refined myself, but that directness is a bit vulgar.

Maybe you've explained it elsewhere, so pardons in advance, but: why "AgonyCats"?

SB

Ah, my age is leaking.

From Wikipedia -- Agony Aunt:

An advice column is a column at a magazine or newspaper written by an advice columnist (colloquially known as an agony aunt, or agony uncle if the columnist is a male). The image presented was originally of an older woman providing comforting advice and maternal wisdom, hence the name "aunt".

John B.

Thank you. I hadn't heard that term before, but it matches up nicely with what (little) I know about the emergence of advice columns around the beginning of the 20th century.

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