tortoise shell love


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  • noun The shell of a tortoise, sometimes inaccurately the shell of a turtle, or that material.


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  • a little soft and creamy coloured kitten with slate grey eyes.

    July 8, 2008

  • What I like about tortoise shell cats is that you can ask their owners "what's her name?" and cut a good figure 99.97% of the times.

    A friend of mine had a male tortoise shell cat, though.

    July 8, 2008

  • I had a tortoise shell cat until I was 15. She was older than I am now.

    July 8, 2008

  • Dear Pro:

    "and cut a good figure 99.97% of the times."

    Forgive my presumption for commenting on your (normally impeccable) usage, but there are two issues with this phrase -

    (i) standard usage would be 'X% of the time' (not times)

    (ii) 'cut a good figure' is probably not the expression you are looking for here, as it typically refers to someone's appearance or demeanor:

    e.g. "Algernon cut a fine figure in his purple corduroy knickers"

    my guess is that you wanted to say "and be correct 99.97% of the time".

    Again, forgive my presumption if I am wrong about what you meant to say.

    July 8, 2008

  • The Italian fare una bella figura has a wider sense, including for example to give a positive impression.

    July 8, 2008

  • oops! I thought "a good figure" was the opposite of "a poor figure", sorry!

    There is no excuse for the other one.

    Except that it was 2 am.

    Thank you sionnach - and bilby!

    July 8, 2008