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A Cat By Any Other Name

Gifford Cat Shelter benefit

24 Words for Cat
(Copyright © 2015 Paula Ogier)

Being in Spain, France and England for a few weeks this year, I naturally became very aware of both the challenges and the interesting things about language and dialect. When you’re waking up in a new city or country every few days, it’s not hard to absentmindedly mix words from different languages together in the same sentence. When I returned home to the states, I was designing a cat-themed poster when I decided to look up words for “cat” in various languages. That’s how the above poster came to be.

This poster is one of six different giclée art prints being offered with a portion of sales going to the Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton, MA. The shelter is the oldest no-kill, cageless cat shelter in the United States. It’s been operating since 1884! Here’s more about this dedicated organization.

I’ll be hosting a “First Friday” event at my Boston studio on November 6, with the above mentioned six print images offered to benefit the shelter. There is a limited quantity of each available for this fundraiser, and I encourage anyone interested to pre-order and have their print(s) ready and waiting for them the night of the event. If all 80 of the available prints sell, it will raise $2650 for the shelter!

See the prints and more details about it all here.

If you’re wondering which languages some of those “cat” words above are from, here they are in the order seen on the poster:

English: Cat
Spanish & Portuguese: gato
Swedish & Norwegian: katt
German: katze (also ket or ketti)
Hebrew: cha ‘tool
Italian: gatto
Finnish: kissa
Lithuanian: katinas
Japanese: neko
Hindi: billi
Russian: koshka (female) or kot (male)
French: chat
Eskimo: pussi
Romanian: pisica
Polish: kot (also gatto)
Gypsy: muca
Thai & Vietnamese: meo
Swiss-German: chatz
Cantonese: maow
Armenian: katu
Icelandic: kottur
Farsi: gorbe
Yiddish: kats

Greek: gati or gata

Paula Ogier Artworks

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Hi there. I’m Boston-based digital artist Paula Ogier. In this blog I write about about my art new works, projects in process, life in Boston, inspirations, ideas, and creative challenges. I live and work in Boston's South End neighborhood, in the enclave known as the SoWa Art + Design district. I'm fond of big cities, architecture, great imaginative spaces, food & drink, gardening, wandering around the city on foot, binge-watching well written shows, talking to cats, and of course, making and experiencing art. Artist website: Twitter: Paula Ogier Artworks My studio is at 450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 203.

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