carl-cat Posted on August 16, 2015 by Hana Videen carl-cat, m.n: a male cat, tomcat. (KARL-KAHT / ˈkaɹl-ˌkat) From Discarding Images: Thomas of Cantimpré, Liber de natura rerum, France ca. 1290 (Valenciennes, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 320, fol. 72r). Share this:ShareClick to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related
In Dutch, we have ‘krolse kat’ (a cat in heat’), which is related to ‘krijsen’ (screeming). Not sure about if carl is related to krols or krol.
I was thinking it might be related to “ceorl” (where we get the word churl), used in Old English to describe a man of low social class.
In Afrikaans “kerel” (kêrel) still means “guy, bloke, young man”. Interestingly, where as the original sense of English ‘carl’ (ceorl) was “peasant, ordinary man of low social class” the same source of the word when on to form the word for “king” in other languages mainly influence via the name of the Frankish ruler Charlemagne:
Russian: коро́ль (korólʹ)
Turkish: kral (Ottoman Turkish: قرال)
A ‘carl-cat’ can look at a king – indeed! 😉
Very interesting – thanks!!