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Solo1 (Solo1)
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Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 3:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why do I feel obligated to talk about my cat to strangers?
Solo1 (Solo1)
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Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 3:07 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oops,forgot my name. I mean, I know my name, but..... Can someone fix it for me, pretty please?
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Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 10:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I = you, Solo?

Your cat - is it still alive?
Is any of the following relevant about your cat: Name? Breed? Gender? Age? Physical apperance? Habits? Diseases/allergies? Preferences (food etc.)?
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Do you talk about your cat:

- to excuse yourself?
- to help the strangers somehow?
Solo1 (Solo1)
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I = you, Solo? Yes

Your cat - is it still alive? No, and this is somewhat relevant.
Is any of the following relevant about your cat: Name? YES, no to all the rest.

Do you talk about your cat:
- to excuse yourself? Yes, svv of 'excuse.'
- to help the strangers somehow? no
Rogerchang (Rogerchang)
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Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 5:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you name the cat after you or one of youe family members?

The stranger's background relevant?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Do you react in a weird way when someone uses your cat's name in a conversation? And then you explain it to them?
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Did you name the cat after you or one of your family members? No to both, and I'm not sure I named the cat.

The stranger's background relevant? Depends on your defination of 'background.' Something about them, in general, is relevant.

Do you react in a weird way no when someone uses your cat's name in a conversation? No; n.r. The other person does not use the name.
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Strangers' profession relevant?
nationality?
age?
gender?

Do they have at least one thing relevant in common?
more?
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Strangers' profession relevant? Yope
nationality? no age? adult, otherwise n.r. gender? no

Do they have at least one think relevant in common? Yes! more? Other than speaking English, no.
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Is the one relevant thing the fact you both speak English?

Can your cat's name be taken as a cultural reference of some kind?

Would the introductory statement hold true were your cat still alive?
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Posted on Monday, November 05, 2012 - 3:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the one relevant thing the fact you both speak English? Hmm...maybe this needs a clarification. We both speak English, or we couldn't understand one another. "They" speak English, and are speaking with me, but they have something (very general) in common with each other.
Can your cat's name be taken as a cultural reference of some kind? The name itself, no.
Would the introductory statement hold true were your cat still alive? Yes.
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Is the thing the "strangers" have in common that they visit you at home? Is there some item in your house with the cat's name on it?
Did the cat have a name that is also pretty normal for a human being? And your visitors might start asking who is ...?
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Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 12:05 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the thing the "strangers" have in common that they visit you at home? No. They do not visit me at home. Is there some item in your house with the cat's name on it? No
Did the cat have a name that is also pretty normal for a human being? No, tho not really a typical 'cat' name either.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 8:08 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You and the strangers spoke on the Internet?

relevant?
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Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 8:17 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

When they're speaking to you, do you see them face to face? Do they speak to you by phone? skype?
or is the speaking "non-acoustic", i.e. internet chatting? emailing? sign language?
Do they mention the cat's name? do you? if both: do they mention the cat's name first?
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Are they all of the same nationality? any religious beliefs about cats relevant e.g. Egypt?
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Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 3:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You and the strangers spoke on the Internet? Possibly relevant? Yessish
When they're speaking to you, do you see them face to face? Possibly; n.r. Do they speak to you by phone? Possibly, in fact usually. skype? unlikely
or is the speaking "non-acoustic",i.e. internet chattinng? emailing? Possibly, but in fact not. sign language? as before.
Do they mention the cat's name? do you? this if both: do they mention the cat's name first? no, but they mention the word 'name' first - that's a HINT.
Are they all of the same nationality? unknown; n.r. any religious beliefs about cats relevant e.g. Egypt? unknown; n.r.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 6:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

when you mention your cat's name, are you really talking about something else?

is it a password?
Solo1 (Solo1)
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Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 10:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

when you mention your cat's name, are you really talking about something else? Yope
Is it a password? Yes/yessish! When I forget my password/PIN number for something, 'they' ask me a question to determine if I am the account holder, and one question is "What was your first pet's name?"
But after I tell them the name, why do I feel like I need to continue the conversation & explain further?
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Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 2:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You answered the wrong name?
Shez (Shez)
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Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 11:02 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is your cat's name something really wild? or funny?

is it a name usually given to a person? is it an adjective? a verb? one word?
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You answered the wrong name? No, I gave the correct name.
Is your cat's name something really wild? DOYD of 'wild.' Not something related to a wild animal. or funny? Could be interpreted that way. Explore this.
Is it a name usually given to a person? No! Is it an adjective? a verb? It is a noun. one word? Yes
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Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the name Anonymous?
Did they ask back because they thought they misunderstood you? because they could not imagine that this is a pet's name?

Is the name Friday?
Or is the name simply Cat?
Solo1 (Solo1)
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Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 5:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the name Anonymous? Good lateral thinking, but no.
Did they ask back no because they thought they misunderstood you? No, I volunteered the information. because they could not imagine that this is a pet's name? Yes, this is closest to the fact.

Is the name Friday?
Or is the name simply Cat? No to both. Too obvbious! The name gave no hint that the pet was a cat.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 6:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is the name a proper noun? is it plural?

is the name a part of the body? something that occurs in nature? an element? something connected with sport or games?

is it abstract?
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Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 2:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the name a proper noun? No Is it plural? Yes, tho the cat was singular.
Is the name a partof the body? no something that occurs in nature? Yope an element? No something connected with sport or games? no
Is it abstract? No
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Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 5:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the name Pluto? :D

You said the name was plural. You meant there was an "s" at the end of the name? Plural in another way? Like geese as the plural form of goose?
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Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 4:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the name Pluto? :D Hehee. No, not a 'doggy' name.
You said the name was plural. You meant there was an "s" at the end of the name? Yes Plural in another way? No.
I don't expect anyone to come up with the exact name, just the _sort_ of thing it represented.
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Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 9:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

measles?

my cats are called Spangles and Ruffles. just thought I'd say..

does the name in any way apply to the ex-cat's appearance? nature? personality?
Solo1 (Solo1)
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Posted on Friday, November 09, 2012 - 1:07 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

measles? no, but OTRT
my cats are called Spangles and Ruffles. just thought I'd say..and even more OTRT!
does the name in any way apply to the ex-cat's appearance? nature? personality? I supposed the name appeared perfectly logical to my 6-year-old mind, but I have no idea why now.

************SPOILER**************
I tell them my pet's name was Raisins, and then I feel that I have to explain: "Raisins was a cat. I don't want you to think we were so poor that the only pet I had was a bit of dried fruit."
This usually gets a chuckle from the person I am talking to, and defuses a possibly tense situation.

Thanks to all you cat-lovers who took part. Rowwrr powerr!
BTW, Shez, why are they Spangles & Ruffles? Just curious.
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Posted on Friday, November 09, 2012 - 2:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm really into ballroom dancing. before they arrived they were going to be called Foxtrot and Quick Steps, but the names didn't suit them. Spangles and Ruffles remind me of all the glitz and glamour of the ballroom and my lovely dresses. and I think Raisins is a lovely name!
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Posted on Friday, November 09, 2012 - 3:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm really into ballroom dancing. before they arrived they were going to be called Foxtrot and Quick Steps, but the names didn't suit them. Spangles and Ruffles remind me of all the glitz and glamour of the ballroom and my lovely dresses. and I think Raisins is a lovely name!
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Posted on Friday, November 09, 2012 - 11:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And she was a lovely cat! I just found out that raisins can be toxic to dogs, and Raisins was toxic to dogs - she would run off dogs 6 times her size!

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