Note: By "not-figurative," I mean that I'm not talking language in the figurative, "language of love," for example, sense. (Um, no. That essay is for someone else to tackle.) I mean the (quasi) literal, English language sense, as in: the actual words we say/write to identify dogs and cats. It'll make sense in a minute.
So have you ever stood still in your bathroom and thought about the different words we use in English for dogs and cats? No? Well, I have, so no worries. ;-)
Don't ask me what sparked it (I can't remember), the point is, if one starts with the basic English words "dog," "cat," "puppy" and "kitten," and continues to list derivations of these words, one could possibly be left with some interesting questions to ponder.
See if you agree:
Things that make me go hmmm:
<> Was "catty" ever a term of endearment?
<> Would dogs call other dogs catty?
<> Would cats call other cats dogs?
<> Why is English so dumb sometimes?
P.S. The "catty" photo caption is a modified pop culture reference. 25 (brag) points to the first person who can correctly say from where!