The origin story of my favorite word! I know many people, mostly friends, who wonder where in the world I got “rhiow!” from. When they ask just exactly what the word is, I say it’s a cross between a meow and purr. It’s the origin of my Purrable Lists, the things that make me purr.
Are you ready for this?
It’s a cat’s name from a book series.
Diane Duane writes a series called The Cats of Grand Central and Rhiow is one of them. These are magical, wizard cats who travel through time. They walk on invisible stairs and sidle through space. To work magic, they use their claws to carefully pull at the invisible strings throughout the world. Humans act like their companions and familiars instead of the traditional sense of witchy animals.