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any americans? kitty corner?

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pollywobbledoodle Thu 17-Sep-09 10:25:11

what does it mean...saw it in a US author's book :building X was kitty corner to building y...it intrigued me!

8oreighty Thu 17-Sep-09 10:30:05

it means opposite corner...(I think, god might be wrong) but if you have a cross roads type situation with four buildings, kitty corner would be the one diagonally opposite...

Hassled Thu 17-Sep-09 10:30:41

I think it means diagonally opposite. I've heard it a lot - my American grandmother used to use the expression - but I've never been completely sure.

MrsBadger Thu 17-Sep-09 10:32:50

yes, diagonally opposite

originally 'cater-corner' iirc, from Fr catre & Latin quattuor
ie where four roads meet

cf Carfax in Oxford where the four main roads meet in the town centre

pollywobbledoodle Thu 17-Sep-09 10:34:53

thank you...esp mrs B for the origin...i've learnt something new!

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