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jmjarmstrong commented on the word cat out of the bag
JM has discovered that letting the cat out of the bag is much easier than putting it back in.
July 17, 2011
cohenizzy commented on the word cat out of the bag
This idiom was formed by phono-semantic matching. The probably source is Aramaic.
QiSHoT BaGaD = truth + betray, or betray by revealing the truth. When the letter shin had a dental D/T-sound, this phrase sounded like KiToT BaGad => (let the) CaT ouT (of the) BaG
For the spelling and pronunciation of "truth" in Aramaic, see this URL:
December 25, 2020
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