Thursday: Hili Dialogue

Today’s Hili dialogue is a first: the only one originally created in English. There’s thus no Polish translation:

Hili: Jerry said I was a Queen.
Sarah: But in English all female cats are called “queens”.
Hili: We are not interested in that information.

(Photo: Sarah Lawson)

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I notice that Hili, insisting that she’s a real Queen, has started using the royal “we.”

22 Comments

  1. Posted January 16, 2014 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I have never heard that all cats are called queens? Queen was originally a woman or more specifically a noble woman.

    Perhaps Empress would suit Hili better?

    • Posted January 16, 2014 at 4:34 am | Permalink

      PS There is a video on puffington host of a paralyzed cat & its do#gie companion –
      huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/abandoned-dachshund-paralyzed-cat-bond_n_4595711.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

    • Posted January 16, 2014 at 5:35 am | Permalink

      It is usually restricted to pregnant females or those with kittens who are not yet weaned.

      • Linda Grilli Calhoun
        Posted January 16, 2014 at 5:37 am | Permalink

        I think it refers to sexually intact females, in the same way that “tom” refers to sexually intact males. L

        • tubby
          Posted January 16, 2014 at 11:49 am | Permalink

          I thought the term for intact female cat was “molly” while one with kittens was “queen.”

  2. gravityfly
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    The Queen looks lovely in purple!

  3. Posted January 16, 2014 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Great photo by Sarah!

    Like a Byzantium queen, Hili obviously was ‘born in the purple’. Unforunately royal purple is also a colour coveted by Roman Catholic bishops. 🙂

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted January 16, 2014 at 7:40 am | Permalink

      I wonder if the royal purple thing came from the purple border on the togas of the Roman elite.

      • AdamK
        Posted January 16, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

        Purple was a very expensive dye until the invention of modern dyes.

        • moarscienceplz
          Posted January 16, 2014 at 10:40 am | Permalink

          Tyrian purple was also just about the only known color-fast dye. There were a few others based on soaking cloth in colored clays, such as khaki, but they were not nearly so vivid and pretty.

      • Chris
        Posted January 16, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

        Yes, I’d imagine so, as purple because associated with the Imperial power specifically as opposed to Senatorial rank, etc. Byzantium saw itself as the continuation of the Eastern Roman Empire, still saw themselves as “Romans” IIRC.

  4. Linda Grilli Calhoun
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    The self-referral in the plural reminds me of Mark Twain’s comment regarding journalists who do that, that the only people who should self-refer in the plural are kings, pregnant women, and people with tapeworm. L

    • still learning
      Posted January 16, 2014 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      And people with multiple personality disorder.

    • Chris
      Posted January 16, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      You’ve just offended my intestinal flora!

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted January 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

        If you have any intestinal fauna, offended or not, that’s where the concerns begin.

        • Diane G.
          Posted January 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

          It would be far more alarming to not have any!

          • JohnnieCanuck
            Posted January 17, 2014 at 1:43 am | Permalink

            Depends on your definition of ‘fauna’. I take it to be animals, as in Taenia solium or Enterobius vermicularis. Bacteria, including the symbiotic ones you are referring to, are sometimes designated as flora. The confusion arises because the terms predate the discovery of single celled organisms.

            I’m not a biologist so I don’t know if we have any symbiotic relationships with animals such as Helminths or Nematodes. If anyone knows of any, do tell.

            • Diane G.
              Posted January 17, 2014 at 2:32 am | Permalink

              Actually, microflora is the term one usually hears, you’re right. But I appreciate the out you gave me with the end of your first paragraph. 😀

  5. Maria
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Hili is not amused. 🙂

  6. JBlilie
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    And the royal purple! What a girl!

  7. Posted January 16, 2014 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Maybe she’s pregnant.

  8. Posted January 16, 2014 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Hahahaha…. Hili looks very regal all draped in purple too. And if looks could kill!


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