I assume this is a cultural thing that I am not aware of, but a friend just updated their status to say:


Xīwàng māo jiù biàn chéng tiānshǐ shǒuhù quán jiā

Who or what is 猫舅?

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    Can you provide more info on the context? In my answer, I just guess what it means, and I need the context to give a better answer.
    – Huang
    Jan 10 '12 at 2:09
  • I've never heard of it. I think you'd better ask himself. It may be a nickname of somebody. It may be a character in some cartoon/TV/novel. It may be ...
    – fefe
    Jan 10 '12 at 2:52
  • If it's a status, I think it might be a typo or a nickname for the speaker's partner.
    – gonnastop
    Mar 18 '12 at 8:46
  • I assume his cat was dead, can you confirm this?
    – ziyuang
    May 25 '13 at 15:46

猫舅 in this sentence just means cat. It's become slang to say 猫舅 when one just means cat.

Also the following might be helpful too:

  • 猪爹 (pig dad) - means pig

  • 猫舅 (cat uncle) - cat

  • 狗老爷 (dog grandpa) - dog

  • Thanks for your answer. I came across these three a few times when I was searching for an answer myself. Is there any information on the origin of these three?
    – going
    Jan 10 '12 at 22:11
  • i searched a while online and couldn't find the origin...i wonder if it has to do w/ reincarnation, like a reminder to treating animals well bcz they might be your relatives from past lives. i'll ask my friends in china when i call them. if i get any more info i'll post an update.
    – Laguna
    Jan 11 '12 at 2:37

My guess is:

Your friend might have some dogs, cats and other animals as pets. He might want to regard all these pets as a big family, to each member of which he might want to give a lovely nickname. For example, he might have:

猫舅, 猫姨, 狗外甥, 兔大姑


I don't know the word "猫舅". 舅舅 is used to refers to a brother of your mother. If one's mother is A, and she has two brothers: B and C,
he would call B or C "舅舅"

So I guess 猫舅 is used to call a brother of the cat's mother. In your example, you friend uses this word from a cat's view.

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