Cat-o’-nine tail

cattail

cattail

Is there any link between the cat-o’-nine tail, used for flogging, and the cattail plant found in wetlands?  They both reference a cat’s tail.   Except for the spike on top of the cattail, the plant doesn’t look like it could inflict much pain on a person’s back.  But cats are soft and fluffy too, so who knows?

I’m guessing there is no connection, but haven’t had time to research it.  What do you think?

Thought for the Day:   If you don’t learn something new everyday, you might as well stay in bed.   Harvey W. Headley

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One Response to Cat-o’-nine tail

  1. Larry says:

    From Wikipedia, It was probably so called in reference to its “claws “, which inflict parallel wounds

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_o'_nine_tails

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