Date: Sun, 23 Oct 1994 23:09:39 -0700
From: "CAVEMAN -- San Bernardino, Calif. USA" cjcoker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSUPOMONA.EDU
Subject: Q: Mllions of Cats
We (my wife and I) read to the wee ones each night. Tonight we read a book
called "Millions of Cats" by Wanda Ga'g (ISBN 0-590-40612-4, Scholastics Inc,.
730 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 - 1928). Any way we have several questions:
1. Is the apostrophe in Ga'g a symbol indicating missing letters, as in
can't (cannot) or don't (do not)? Or is it a glottal stop symbol
commonly used iin many orthographies? Is it something else entirely?
(The book is hand-lettered so I am sure it is not a diacritical mark
over the a.)
2. The old man in the story "set out" instead of walking or something
similar. Is this 1928 lingo? My 3-year-old didn't know what set out
meant because we never use it.
3. The cats "quarreled" instead of fought. Again, no recognition of the
word -- was it also more common in 1928?
4. Do cats eat grass? I thought they were carnivores, but I'm not a
biologist -- of course, anybody on ADS-L probably isn't either.
Anybody have any answers? We're baffled.
CJCoker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSUPomona.Edu
There have been no dragons in my life, only small spiders and stepping in gum.
I could have coped with the dragons.
Anonymous (but wise)