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#1 of 18 PeterK

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Posted July 14 2007 - 02:08 PM

alright this just isn't funny anymore. what on earth does jellicle mean? or supposed to mean or refer to??? all these damn Cats websites keep giving me the run around about it!
what a cruel and unusual word!
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#2 of 18 Garrett Lundy

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Posted July 14 2007 - 02:18 PM

The 'Jellicle Cats' were the cat tribe in CATS! the musical. It doesn't have any other meaning (kinda like Schpidoinkle day or frumious bandersnatch).
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Posted July 14 2007 - 03:43 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jellicle

#4 of 18 Scott L

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Posted July 15 2007 - 03:10 AM

can't help myself

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#5 of 18 Mike Frezon

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Posted July 15 2007 - 07:14 AM

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Schpidoinkle day

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#6 of 18 Kevin M

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Posted July 15 2007 - 08:08 AM

....resist........r..r..resiiiist................. ..I THINK I KNOW PRECISELY WHAT I MEAN, WHEN I SAY IT'S A SCHPIDOINKLE DAAAAAAAY!!!!!
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#7 of 18 hostile17

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Posted June 19 2009 - 09:31 PM

I always figured "jellicle" was supposed to bring to mind the word angelical.

#8 of 18 Joseph DeMartino

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Posted June 19 2009 - 11:23 PM

Peter:

You would have done better to simply do a Google search or visit Wikipedia than bother searching on cat sites. If you had, you would have found your answer (including the actual origin and meaning of "jellicle") in a couple of mouse clicks:

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The Jellicle cats, or simply the Jellicles, are a type of feline mentioned in T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

Introduced in his poem Song of the Jellicles, they were originally depicted by Eliot as common black-and-white cats whose daytime nature is peaceful, pleasant and restful — but who possess an active love of nightlife. Specifically, Eliot mentions that they like to gather at an event called the "Jellicle Ball"...


The name jellicle comes from a previously unpublished poem by Eliot entitled "Pollicle Dogs and Jellicle Cats", where jellicle cats is a corruption of dear little cats and pollicle dogs of poor little dogs. It also appears in the musical Cats in the song "Jellicle Song for Jellicle Cats". -- Wikipedia entry on Jellicle Cats


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#9 of 18 Marianne

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Posted June 20 2009 - 02:05 AM

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#10 of 18 Jay Taylor

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Posted June 20 2009 - 04:56 AM

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#11 of 18 Jesse Skeen

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Posted June 20 2009 - 06:51 PM

The word is used in Logan's Run too- the old guy quotes parts of the poem.
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#12 of 18 Greg_S_H

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Posted June 20 2009 - 09:08 PM

Ahh, damn. I was going to mention that. I was just watching Logan's Run a couple of weeks ago.

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Posted June 21 2009 - 07:26 AM

'Cause Jellicle's can and Jellicle's do!

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#14 of 18 Sam Posten

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Posted June 21 2009 - 07:27 AM

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I missed that and had to scroll back to see it. CLASSIC!

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#15 of 18 Timothy Baker

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Posted March 17 2014 - 06:59 PM

This may or may not be true, but this is a quote from one of Eliot's publishing partner, saying where the word "jellicle" and "pollicle" came from. According to Dr Faber, a retired physicist who is now 74 and lives in Cambridge, Eliot was "a very generous godfather and the subject of great envy by my siblings".

"He was quite a chameleon in many ways; he would be grave or funny as he so desired and could write anything - adopt any mood." Pollicle Dogs was a corruption of "poor little dogs", just as Jellicle Cats are "dear little cats".

An unpublished poem of Eliot's "Pollicle Dogs and Jellicle Cats" was part of the inspiration for Lloyd Webber's Prologue in the musical Cats. For my source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1382102/Now-Lloyd-Webber-puts-Eliots-dogs-to-music.html



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Posted March 17 2014 - 08:36 PM

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Posted March 17 2014 - 08:50 PM

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#18 of 18 Jay H

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Posted March 18 2014 - 08:23 AM

there is never enough cat threads on the internet!  :D

 

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