"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Monday, 4 March 2013


First recorded in the 19th century, the word kitty means a pool, fund or reserve of money, often collected from a number of persons or sources and designated for a particular purpose specified by the contributors, especially in a card game.  It probably has its origins in the word kit - a wooden tub or container which in turn comes from the Middle Dutch 'kitte' meaning a jug or tankard..

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