Hello guys! Our idiom of the day is “Cat got your tongue?”, which means “Have you nothing to say?“
This phrase has an interesting origin. In the 18th century, the English Navy had the practice of whipping erring sailors with a whip which had multiple endings. This whip was nicknamed “the cat” because it commonly had nine endings. So after receiving a beating, while the poor sailor lay in a corner sulking or not speaking, other sailors will walk up to him and tease “Did the cat get your tongue?”, referring to the whip. As time went on, this became shortened to Cat got your tongue?