One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extremely bad or unpleasant; awful.‘putting them on directly before us was absolutely cat melodeon altogether’
- ‘It's cat melodeon and hard to watch.’
- ‘I thought that Pierce was kind of handsome for his age, in an old hippy sort of way, but my friend said that he was pure cat.’
- ‘The big red logo is cat melodeon.’
- ‘Today is my birthday, and the highlight so far has been going to the shops to buy dinner in this cat melodeon, rotten rain.’
- ‘I think it's cat, round here.’
1980s: possibly from Irish cat marbh ‘mischief, calamity’, or an abbreviation of catastrophe + melodeon; or perhaps from a comparison between the sound of a melodeon and that of a cat wailing.
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