Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 09:28:48 MDT
From: "//"
Subject: Re: "woods cat"

I have heard of "woods pussy" form a Texan to refer to skunks.

-- Jim

>To dialect experts on ADS-L:

>Can anyone give a clear definition of the term "woods cat?" I know that it
>is a derogatory term, and I have assumed for a long time that it is used as
>a slur against those born out of wedlock. Now, I'm wondering if the term is
>derogatory in some other way, e.g., as a "racial" slur. "Woods cat" is an
>old term, used at least as far back as the mid-19th century, and probably