Catspeak Lesson 1: Creature Words

In Catspeak there are may different terms for different cats.

Rril – A general term for cat

Yumrril – An attractive queen in season.

Yuli – A spayed cat.

Yowlis – A Tom cat. Yowlis like to fight [frokca] and make a loud noise serenading queens. Successful fighting and serenading can lead to sex, which is called fruka-fruka

Neutered tomcats are still called yowlis so they don’t lose face. They’ve lost enough already.

Gruf [groof] – Dog. All kinds, breeds, and sizes. Humans [ayoomfas] love grufs because they fawn and fetch sticks. Grufs love ayoomfas because they know no better. Grufs like to get dirty but are unable to properly wash themselves, which is why they smell bad [niff smort].

Khat Lore advocates all cats be very wary of grufs. Below is pictured the well known celebrity, Gruf Ravenous,  respected by cats everywhere, as well as thirsty humans.      

A dog drooling. an original illustration by Julie Hope.

Ayoomfa [ay-oom-fah] – This is the Catspeak word for human. It also covers gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and baboons, as cats do not see any purpose in distinguishing between the various primates. Some examples of ayoomfas are shown here.

Guelph [gwelf] – Any quadrupeds bigger than cats, and other than cats or dogs, are lumped together under the banner of guelph. Some guelphs serve as food animals for the ayoomfas while others serve as conveyances.

Slinki [sling-kee] – Slinki spans all reptiles, fish and amphibians. More specifically, fish are known as plappa-slinkis, while prawns, lobsters, crabs and the like are known as pink sea-slinkis. Goldfish have a special name all of their own – gulpa. Slinkis that are green in colour are not generally good eating and can cause bloik-bloik.

Squees, Yhats & Hopits [skwees, yats & hop-its] – Food animals. A squee is a mouse, vole, mole, shrew or anything about the same size. These small creatures form the basis of the traditional diet. Larger rodents such as rats, weasels, stoats and ferrets are known as yhats. The largest food animal is a rabbit – these are called hopits.

Inside every food animal is a green-grey object known as a blibble, which a cat must carefully remove. The blibble is best put aside for ayoomfas to dispose of, for if eaten, it can cause  bloik-bloik.

Chirrit [chirr-it] – A general term, which describes the whole spectrum of winged creatures, flying creatures, and flying objects presumed to be creatures. Amongst these are the plappa-chirrits (ducks and other water birds) and the donka-chirrits (bats, owls and other noctural birds).

kraak – Cats detest crows, and so they have  a special name all of their own – kraak.

Monday is funday for cats, drinking from the pond.

Bizzum [Bizzzzz-im] – A word to describe flying insects, some of which make tasty snacks, while others taste phol and can cause bloik-bloik. Flying ants are particularly valued for sport and eating.

Krorli [kraw-li] – Refers to all crawling insects. Excludes worms, which are classified as tikkiSlinkis.

Spinelly [spin-illy] – Spider. Under certain circumstances spiders are called Corner Krorlis.

Ayoomfarolê [Ay-oomfa-role-ay] – An ayoomfarolê is a very special ayoomfa, who by virtue of his or her good deeds and willing, reliable service to the feline community, has been declared an honorary cat.

Who is taking liberties with laptime. An original illustration by Julie Hope, Cato9TalesPuriks & Mowrrils [poor-iks & mow-rils] – Purik means kitten. The word is also used together with  creature words to represent the infant of the species. For example, ayoomfa-puriks are children, gruf-puriks are puppies, and chirrit-puriks are fledglings. Purik implies both small size and youth, whereas tikki implies only small size.

Mowrril – A mother cat.

Binigaus [binni-gows] – Unspecified burrowing creature. For some reason cats are always very vague when asked about binigaus, and very little is known about this animal.

All illustrations produced by by Julie Hope.

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