posted on Sep, 6 2016 @ 09:52 AM
So here's the back story: While in conversation with some folks I used the term "katty corner" to describe the location of a store, as in "it's in
the shopping center katty corner to the Target shopping center." There was a teenager among us who immediately laughed at the phrase and thought I
had made it up... I assured him it was a perfectly cromulent phrase... but even his parents said they had never heard of it. What cracked me up is
that the kid knew what "cromulent" meant, but not katty corner! Anyway, it is defined by Dictionary.com, though I spell it with a "k" and they spell
it with a "c"...
Also, catercorner, cater-corner, catty-corner, catty-cornered, kitty-corner, kitty-cornered.
And, for what its worth, Cromulent
(which actually is a made up word that came from
adjective fine, acceptable
Usage Note slang
I wasn't especially surprised that the kid hadn't heard the phrase, especially since his parents hadn't heard it... but I was surprised about his
parents. My son suspects the parents did know, but were playing dumb for their obnoxious son's sake.
So my oh-so-profound question: Is katty corner an obsolete term? Or is it still a cromulent phrase to use? And if not "katty corner," then what --
if any -- would be a proper term? (Other than simply "diagonal.")
Full disclosure: My son and I have a bet riding on your responses. If more responses say it's still cromulent, then I owe him beef stew... If more
responses say it's obsolete, then he owes me steak Diane... I'm not really stuck on either result. I figure I win both ways, since either way it's
dinner with my son!
edit on 6-9-2016 by Boadicea because: punctuation