A neighboring community has a football team named the “Wildcats”. Wouldn’t that team name include every kind of cat ever born with the exception of the domestic cat? Wouldn’t a “wildcat” be all kinds of cats…ie lions, tigers, panthers,bobcats,I guess my question is, is there a breed of cat in nature that is simply called a “wildcat”?
And btw anyone know what the hell a wampus cat is or how it came to be?

“Look honey, there’s the little dipper, I’d show you the big dipper but my zipper is stuck.”

Maybe they’re named after exploratory oil and gas wells.

Or some good ole’ fruitjar whiskey… :slight_smile:

According to Webster’s:

(I hope I got all the UBB right in that.)

So apparently there is a particular species (well, two) referred to as wildcat, although the general definition also holds.

Still, I’m not sure sports mascots are the best guide for proper English usage.

He that questioneth much shall learn much, and content much; but especially if he apply his questions to the skill of the persons whom he asketh; for he shall give them occasion to please themselves in speaking, and himself shall continually gather knowledge. But let his questions not be troublesome, for that is fit for a poser; and let him be sure to leave other men their turns to speak.
Francis Bacon

We call them Bobcats in California. Bigger than a housecat but smaller than a great cat (which we call cougars 'round these parts).


Well they have a print of a wildcat of some kind on their helmets.

“Look honey, there’s the little dipper, I’d show you the big dipper but my zipper is stuck.”

Hey, Look Me Over? :slight_smile:

Aha, I think you’re getting wildcats confused with wild cats. It’s that little space that makes a difference. You know, like there is a difference between a wildebeest and a wilde beast. Or something.

Were Algernon and Ernest wilde beasts?

Oscar certainly was, I hear.

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