Top Cat

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Top Cat in Shoreditch,  London,  january 2017

Top Cat was one of my favourite tv programmes as a child. Made by Hanna-Barbera, this 30-episode animated series first ran from September 1961 to April 1962.  In the UK, it debuted on the BBC in 1962 (cut down to 26 episodes following censorship of themes such as suicide).


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A colourful note:  the term dandelion for this yellow shade obviously comes from the colour of the dandelion flower.

As for the word “dandelion” itself, it comes from the French words “dent de lion“, meaning “lion’s tooth”.  The Spanish language went for the same meaning, using “diente de león”.

This dental terminology is believed to refer to the jagged outline formed by the narrow petals.  To confuse us, however, the French did not use “dent de lion”: they took a more scientific approach, naming the flower “pissenlit”, meaning “wet the bed”, which refers to the plant’s diuretic properties.

Copyright Debbie Smyth, 4 February 2017


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15 thoughts on “Top Cat

  1. Thanks to you I have the Top Cat theme tune going round and round my hat. 🙂
    He’s the boss, he’s a pip, he’s the championship. He’s the most tip top, Top Cat.
    Ad infinitum …

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