Thursday, November 29, 2012

And Just Who Was It , Human....


that gave you purrmission to pet me while I was a-sleeping? I will allow that it did feel nice, but  I find it disturbing that you are taking such liberties on a more frequent basis. This is a development to which King Spitty must devote further Royal Study. He might even need to consult some of his Royal Subjects on the topic. We'll see. Meanwhile, I will be closing my eyes again very soon. Just so's you know.



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Once again, Kitties, you have proved your awesome Smartypants-ness
Too many of you to list found the correct solution to our little word puzzle yesterday. The answer depends on seeing the word "number" not as a noun or verb referring to numerals, but as the comparative form of the adjective numb
Once that hurdle was overcome, the answer was clear:  My palm's number than my five fingers.

N.B.  After some research (thank you Google!) regarding the comparative and superlative degrees of "numb," I find that numb-number-numbest is cited by several sources, pointing out that context should easily differentiate it from "number" (numeric). However, all of those same sources say that "more numb" is perfectly acceptable, perhaps even more graceful, and avoids the ambiguity. Alas, "more numb" ruins the puzzle ;-)

40 comments:

  1. Oh! Numb-er! not funny! MOL!!

    Spitty, you cannot blame your human for petting you while you sleep.. when else can she? it's the only time I can pet Leo's tummy... The little brat. Maybe if you weren't so stinking adorable you wouldn't have this problem. Alas, nothing can make you less wonderouosly gorgeous, so you're stuck.

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  2. Aw, be grateful that she doesn't peck out the theme song from Skippy the Bush Kangaroo on your ribs.

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  3. Sleeptime pats are a conumdrum. They do feel good, but they can be distrubing. Humans must have the proper slow and calm technique.

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  4. King Spitty, you just have to accept that you are infinitely pettable and you need to give your human a break. besides, a few little favours to them and then there's mega rewards for you in the food bowl department. You have to allow your human some indulgences, and you do look most cute and soppy - in that very noble, royal way of yours.

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  5. Ah. Number. And here all this time I thought it was proper to say 'more numb'. Clearly an archaic brain have I.

    xoxo
    That Woman

    Sir Spitfire
    lickity, lick. churrup, face rub; gentle paw batt, nibble nibble purrrrrrrrrrr.
    Ms. Stella

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  6. Sleepy time pets are my favorites, Spitty! If you don't want yours, I would be happy to take them ;)

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  7. I really SHOULD hate being petted when I am sleeping, but I actually like it! The kissing part I can do without, however, and if that happens, I am outta there.

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  8. Not only are you pettable, you are very snorglable, too!

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  9. You are a smarty pants Spitty! Funny, but ...well just an observation...MOL

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  10. Did you allow her to pet your BELLY? That last picture looks oh so vulnerable.

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  11. King Spitty, the petting is a form of worship! You must allow the puny humans the glory of worshiping you!

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  12. I dunno! I know someone with a numb brain!!! Clever indeed! Spitty, unexpected petting can be quite nice :)

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  13. Grammar-wise I would have thunk "more numb" rather than "number". Heehehe. That would not have helped at all with the riddle however.
    XXOO

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  14. You are looking absolutely meltingly handsome here I might add.

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  15. They hoomans an feely hands iz almost az bad az teh pawparazzi, I sends sympathies fur your hardships *purrrrr*

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  16. That was a good one for sure, Spitty! Very tricky!

    We gave you the Blog of the Year Award, but we think you already have all your stars. No matter, because we loves you and your bloggie so much that we just wanted to "recognize!"

    Hugs!

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  17. Well I was close, do I get a juicy mouse? haha Yeah they just need to touch when sleeping, hmph!

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  18. And of course my human was also late again...
    You can't keep on confusing our humans like that Spitty. You can't have them all! Who is going to do our typewriting?

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  19. Good one! I thought that number was a number for sure. You sure did get me on that one. purrs

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  20. Quanto mais humanos para acariciar melhor!

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  21. Wouldn't the correct wording in that case be "more numb" as in "My palm's more numb than my five fingers."
    Just asking...!

    Oh, I see Katie Isabella already made that comment.


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  22. conga ratz ta all de winners...we iz knot good at math but eggs cell in spellin...az prooved rite heer in this sentinz

    hay, haza grate week on end N enjoy yur naps !!!!

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  23. Spitty my mom-person do the same to me , she say´s she can´t help her self.
    I guess this is another thing about humans that are strange :)

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  24. ****slapping paws against my head***** DUH!!!

    I couldn't get past "number" being an integer!! DUH!

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  25. But when else can you human pet you? And you are adorable when you're sleepy. We girl cats over here are pawitively swooning at your sleepy photos! Purrs...from your admirers at Colehauscats.com

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  26. Hey Spitty. Wanna come over and play? Boomer is busy playing "toss the donkey" at Katie's.

    ...Tutu

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  27. King Spitty, youz luv'z it..Just look at that contented last photo..MOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  28. u don know how much dumb-er i feels, having to have that puzzle explained to me. it was so hard, my furry little head went numb. er.
    but don stop. we likes teh puzzles! after yer nap, of course...

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  29. Perhaps petting you while you're sleeping is a form of desensitizing, and she hopes that you will eventually come to love it!! I hope it works. =^..^=

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  30. Sooo Spitty,
    Did yous put a bitey on each and every one of those fingers?
    Thanks for purring for Bob. She is doing a little better today.
    Kisses
    nellie

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  31. ooooohhhh...Mommy bets your tum-tum furs are all HOT and SOFT! Us Ladycats are keepin' mum, just to drive her crazy, wondering.

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  32. I'm a big wuss.
    When Momma starts petting me while I sleep I immediately begin purring.

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  33. Whoa! Not so much room in there for me anymore, is there? MOL! TW knows I'm in a dead to the world sleep when I let HER pet me.

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  34. MOL Spitty, I am numb at that answer!

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  35. You'd think we were wearing "Pet Me" signs on our foreheads while we were sleeping.

    Sheesh.
    ; ) Katie

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  36. Ahhh, Spitty, are you "peeking" in that bottom picture?

    You fit in that little bed just right. Happy snoozing.

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  37. Hi buddy. Sorry I've been missing. The human can't keep up these days. nipclub is keeping her real busy so my stuff she lets go. Sigh! What am I going to do with her. Then she complains cuz Christmas is coming too. Well, no kidding - it's on the calendar for a year~! Sigh!

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  38. Not only did she try to sneak in a pet or two, she was taking a photo of you at the same time. The audacity!!

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