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  • The author of the screed gave a list of examples of words that offended him, including catillate (to lick dishes), brochity (having crooked teeth) and vitulate (to rejoice wantonly).

    NYT > Home Page By AMMON SHEA 2010


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  • to lick a plate.

    July 22, 2008

  • You have a good knack for finding vaguely useful words that make people stare. *stares*

    July 22, 2008

  • i, i! apologize, or thank you. (i do pay for it. the clutter in my mental attic is kindof abhorrent.)

    July 22, 2008

  • Perhaps catillate because it's a popular activity among kitties?

    July 22, 2008

  • Oh, never mind, never mind...! *looks down upon Bestiary benevolently*

    To unclutter your mental attic and blow the cobwebs away from the piles of words and pleasant turns of phrase you've been hoarding, I'd advise you to unload them all on Wordie. Thus, everybody profits, and all is well in the world.

    Also, catlick is a valid word! To catillate a plate. To catlick a plate. Maybe?

    July 22, 2008

  • According to OED, catillate means to lick dishes.

    February 13, 2012

  • All this talk about cats seems like a bit of a stretch. I'm sure it comes from watching cattle at a salt lick.

    February 13, 2012