Posted by: episystechpubs | August 20, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Cat’s-paws and Onomasticons

Good morning! Over the past couple of months, I’ve collected a few “words of the day” that I thought were interesting for one reason or another. Today I thought I’d share them with you, along with their definitions, quotes using the words, and the words’ origins. These are all courtesy of

Note: I’ve reformatted these to make them a little easier to read, but saved the punctuation and lowercase letters at the beginning of the numbered lists. I’ve also put them in alphabetical order rather than the order in which they were published as “Word of the Day.”



1. a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool.

2. Nautical.

a. a hitch made in the bight of a rope so that two eyes are formed to hold the hook of one block of a tackle.

b. a light breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a comparatively small area.

c. the small area ruffled by such a breeze.


I found out later what he’d done — used me for a cat’s-paw to keep this company I’d bought from selling out to someone else and spoiling another deal he had on the fire.

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