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You probably can tell what a catfit is just from the sound of it, and the context. But I must tell you that The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "catfit" as "a conniption." And a conniption is indeed one big ranting, raving, screaming session, usually brought on by having spent three hours in a Wal-Mart on Saturday afternoon or when something gets stuck in the VCR. Ah, modern life! But this is the 1930s Jack is coping with and his problem has to do with the oil his gal has laughingly put into their car.
He ranted around about me being the ruination of our new car - if I didn't stop buying every new bargain oil that came along.
Where is she finding all these bargain oils? In the grocery store, perhaps. Still, it is always best not to Rant Around. This makes Jack seem like the personification of that retro bovine rageball, Elmer the Bull. Now, Elsie the Cow would just hand Elmer a piece of pie* and tell him to stop bellowing. But Jack, after tiring himself out with his catfit, "trotted out the atlas and gave [her] a lecture on Pennsylvania Oils with the emblem."
Yes, Jack, that's fascinating. From now on, I promise to buy oil with the little emblem you like on it. Now please shut up! Look, here's a piece of pie. Our new next door neighbor Elsie made it.
*Yes, I'm going to write about some Elsie ads pretty soon. There are a lot of them and they are just the sort of thing for Kitchen Retro.