I feel compelled to warn you that today’s Word Wednesday may contain a spoiler from the movie The Avengers. Now that I have performed my public service announcement I will share with you today’s phrase, spoken in the movie by Bruce Banner, the alter-ego of the Hulk, in reference to the villainous demi-god, Loki.
“I don’t think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy’s brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him.”
Yes folks, you read it right, “That guy’s brain is a bag full of cats”. I have to admit, I laughed out loud in the theatre. Mark Ruffalo, who played Bruce Banner, delivered the line with perfection. I don’t know if anyone else could have done it as well.
I have never heard this expression before so was surprised when I found several different references online (including a band, Bag a’ Cats, and a couple of blogs). So here we go.
From Urban Dictionary:
1. The noise two women make when they argue/engrossed in an enthusiast conversation.
“Shut up the pair of you, you’re like a bag of cats.”
*spelling is copied exactly from the source
2. A bag of 2 or more cats, which is very noisy due to the cats fighting to escape the bag.
“Hey, what the hell is that noisy thing moving around on the ground?”
“Oh that? It’s just a bag of cats.”
“Huh…that’s a little odd don’t you think?”
“…yeah…I guess a little…”Also known used in the long form “punching a bag of cats”Jane: To have a good relationship you need to be open about everything that you’re into.
Tom: But what if you’re into punching a bag of cats?
Jane: Well that’s something your partner would need to consider, isn’t it?
A bag of cats – A bad-tempered person, such as: “She’s a real bag of cats this afternoon!”
He/She’s like a bag of cats = He/She’s in very bad humour