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29 cats that forgot how to cat

Hello !

I am trying to translate this text but I've a problem. In the sentence 26 "This cat who forgot how to cat so much, he broke gravity.", I don't see how translate "to cat so much". I thought that "to" is always followed by a verb. However, "cat" is a noun. So, can you explain me how translate "to cat so much", please? Thank you

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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It is an intentional misuse of the word "cat". It is currently popular "to verb nouns" in English. You will see people saying on Facebook "I don't want to adult today". It is meant to be amusing.

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https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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Someone really should do something about the way lolcats continually erode our language without any sense of remorse! We need to school this problem away before it becomes so entrenched that we can't get rid of it. It may already be too late! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Angelily1
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Do the French not have lolcats? How do they spend their days? Adulting is hard!

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https://www.duolingo.com/e-Bureaucrat

I only found this : http://en.bab.la/dictionary/english-french/cat

to cat {verb} to cat [catted|catted] {v.t.} (also: to wallop, to birch, to cowhide, to welt) fouetter [fouettant|fouetté] {v.t.} to cat [catted|catted] {v.i.} [Brit.] [coll.] vomir [vomissant|vomi] {v.i.}

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Thank you !

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https://www.duolingo.com/avastr
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I'm a native English speaker and I still have no idea what that sentence supposed to mean. Perhaps it makes more sense in context. But it is probably a deliberate mistake as mentioned by Lrtward

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Okay ! (There is no real context, we have just one cat photo, this is problematic) Thank you

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kana_Kaida
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It sounds like you should have 29 pictures of cats doing things that are either stupid/funny or something that is very unusual for a cat. I believe what you are referring to is a cat picture from this site. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbellassai/cats-that-forgot-how-to-cat

If that is the case then Lrtward is completely correct and it is a popular and incorrect usage of the word cat. "to cat" is being used to describe "acting in accordance with all typical cat like behavior." But it is not proper English.

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Yes, that's it. So, can I translate "This cat who forgot how to cat so much, he broke gravity." by "Ce chat qui a oublié comment se comporter, il a défié la gravité" ?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kana_Kaida
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Yeah that seems like a good translation to me, if you wanted to be more specific you could add "comme un chat". But it doesn't seem necessary, I think your getting your point across.

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Ok ! Thank you ! :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/laweber3
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Yes, i think it only works because cats have such well known, typical behavior. It might not be as funny with something less stereotypical, such as the rabbit who forgot how to rabbit :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kana_Kaida
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I think you are right that it wouldn't be as possible, however, most English speakers (at least those familiar with the internet) would immediately understand the concept.

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