February 9, 2013

Easy Like Sunday - Or Not?

Prancer Pie does perturbed.

Hi furriends, Prancer Pie here.  I'm tryin to get my easy on, but the pawparazzi here is very persistent.

Mommy recently commented on some kitteh's blog by saying we were waiting with "baited breath".      We googled bated/(baited) and learned a great deal.  Although Shakespeare (we think) was the first to use the phrase in The Merchant Of Venice, like most things this has been mostly forgotten through the years and learned that most commonly "baited" is used now.  Too bad.  But we did come across this poem by Geoffrey Taylor, to help remind us of the difference of "bated" - to hold your breath with anticipation, and "baited" - which means scented.

Sally, having swallowed cheese
Directs down holes the scented breeze

Enticing thus with baited breath                                                   
Nice mice to an untimely death.

Pee Ess - the name of this poem is Cruel Clever Cat.  We kind of like the clever part.  We hope Mommy didn't bore you to tears with this post.  Have an Easy Sunday.  Purrs, y'all.


  1. I can see your face's expression...that tell everything ; )
    I hope your pawperazzi got it !
    Happy Sunday my friend

  2. Baited breath - now that is a cool hunting technique!

  3. Nope no boredom, just a nice EASY start to our Sunday!

    Your Pals
    Sus & Bites

  4. No not bored at all. Cute ... Hugs GJ xx

  5. Mmmm...we'd like to have some baited breath! Happy Sunday to you all!

  6. Baited breath, with tuna..MOL Ball kicks off tomorrow :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  7. Your Mommy knows she has the most handsomest model in YOU---however, your look does kinda say it all. :) Hopefully, you treats because of the intrusion.....


  8. Prancer my man...your post always delight and amaze us...never every boring.
    Hugs your BFFF

  9. Our Mommy is a word nerd and she was captivated!
    (she's a weirdo.)

  10. We were wondering about the difference between baited and bated!
    : ) Katie

  11. This is worthy of the VBP (Vocabulary Building Project) tag!! You guys should join up :)

  12. Well I must go check my breath MOL!

  13. I think I will try the cheese technique next time I go mousie hunting.

  14. That was very interesting lesson on baited breath! Loved it.

  15. Well, if your breaf is baited and you catch any fishies with it please let us know!

  16. Hmmm....maybe we should try that!

    The Florida Furkids

  17. I never really thought about it but that is a cool twist of phrase.


  18. Whoa! I come here and learn something. I will lie in wait for TW with baited breath. Did I use it right?

  19. TBT here: RE "Baited Breath": Two guys were ice fishing with nonsuccess. The guy next to them was pulling up fish after fish. They finally asked what his secret was>

    He said "y gtt kp th vrms vm". They didn't understand and asked again. He repeated ""y gtt kp th vrms vm"!!!

    When they repeated the question, the guy raised his hand to his mouth, spit gently, and said "You have to keep the worms warm!"


  20. Oh that joke was DISGUSTING, TBT!!!

    This post was not boring AT ALL to the Human who is an English teacher and LOVES discussions such as these.

    Me, I thought it was sleep-inducing....which to my mind is a good thing!