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Can you be 'regaled' by a cat's tail?

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MorrisZapp · 30/11/2020 08:44

I always thought that regaling somebody meant telling them stories. The Times printed a letter about her cat interrupting her zoom meeting and her colleagues being regaled by her cat's tail.

Can a silent object regale anyone? If it can, I'll regale my family at Christmas with this weird new knowledge.

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MorrisZapp · 30/11/2020 08:45

Sorry, the Times printed a letter from a woman who...

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DadDadDad · 30/11/2020 09:53

Various online dictionaries confirm the meaning of regale is to entertain with talk / stories, and some offer another sense of entertaining with (lavish) food and drink.

So either they heard the cat's tale (geddit?), or the cat's tail somehow provided a tasty meal Confused .

OldBalls · 30/11/2020 10:02

It's a lovely imagery.
Collins dictionary defines the verb as to givedelightoramusementto.
If regale was enough to mean amuse me by telling me tales there would be no need to say regale me with stories. It would just be regale me which doesnt make as much sense as regale me with your stories.
We all know cats communicate differently, tail movement does say something and for that cat to regale with its tail simply means it 'gave amusement' to her zoom attendees. Who knows, maybe the cat was indeed telling tales with its tail.

Ftumch · 30/11/2020 10:08

Is it a play on words, cat's 'tale'?

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