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  • Writer's pictureDawn Wallis

Cattywampus - Sassy Southernisms

This week's Southern saying is "Cattywampus." Or is it catawampus? Catiwampus? Or Catawampous?


No matter how you spell it, the meaning is the same. While etymologists aren’t quite sure of the origin of this far-flung word, the definition is generally agreed upon. In the South, if something is cattywampus, it’s out of sorts, in disarray, askew. An example of this is, “I did my best to assemble the desk chair but it sits cattywampus.”


In my first Southern fiction novel, I use this word several times. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the crazy, and fun to say "cattywampus." Have you ever used it? How do you spell it?

Cattywampus Southernism

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