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    #1

    Boots

    Hello everyone!

    It has been several times that I heard the cat's name "Boots" (it's from the U.S. sitcoms and well, I'm not sure if I spell it correctly).

    Is it common to name a cat Boots? (I understand it's a tomcat name, right?)
    Why Boots? Any ideas of the origin of the name?


    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: Boots

    I thought this is a forum on English, not on cats.

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    #3

    Re: Boots

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I thought this is a forum on English, not on cats.
    I'm asking about the etymology of the name Boots. Is it sufficiently linguistic for you?

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    #4

    Re: Boots

    It's as good a name as any other. Many cats have different colored fur at the bottoms of their paws (than the rest of the paw) that gives the illusion that they are wearing socks or mittens or boots on the end of their "feet."

    Bill Clinton's cat in the White House was named "Socks."

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    #5

    Re: Boots

    As I have no wished to be banned for posting inappropriate words, I'll refrain from telling you what my cat is called.

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    Re: Boots

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    As I have no wished to be banned for posting inappropriate words, I'll refrain from telling you what my cat is called.
    Reminds me of the dog from The Jerk.

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    #7

    Re: Boots

    See also:

    Puss in Boots (French fairy tale, original?)

    Puss in Boots (Recent film)

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    #8

    Re: Boots

    Thank you guys a lot! It is a lot of fun!

    In Russia we do not have any of these associations in naming cats.
    It was absolutely strange for me to hear such a name as Boots.

    Puss in Boots is well known in Russia because of the book and a cartoon (created long ago, somewhere in the 1980's).
    However, I've never met a cat named after the Puss in Boots, well, maybe because it's
    not that well soundning in Russian.

    Thanks again to everyone!
    Last edited by Jack8rkin; 13-Jan-2012 at 16:43.

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    #9

    Re: Boots

    And I think "Mittens" is probably among the most common cat names.

    It's not like they come when they're called. Unless their name sounds like food hitting a bowl.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Boots

    I agree with Bob Smith that "Boots" as a name for a cat probably originated from the fairy tale, and more recently gained popularity with the Shrek films.

    Personal pet-naming anecdote: Back in 1999 Mr. Ouisch and I adopted a kitten who was very skittish and nervous. At the time we were both big South Park fans and noted that the character named Tweak who drank too much coffee was just as jittery and nervous as our kitten, so we christened him "Tweak." Little did we know that "tweak" and "tweaker" were also slang terms for folks who abused methamphetamine. (PS Tweak has calmed down considerably in her old age, but we still get weird looks at the vet's office when her name is called out in the lobby.)

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