DARE (entry kitty-corner adv, adj):
- diagonal across an intersection
- on the opposite corner of a square, diagonally
- of two buildings on opposite corners
- of two buildings facing each other across the street (not at a corner) but not exactly opposite
Websters 3rd International (entry catercornered, ..., kitty-corner):
in a diagonal or oblique position or on a diagonal or oblique linehttp://www.bartleby.com/68/25/3525.html
kitty-corner(ed), catty-corner(ed), cater-corner(ed) (adv., adj.)
All these are Standard variants of an idiom, based on folk etymologies developed from the French cater (quatre)fourprefixed to corner(ed); the idiom means diagonal or obliquely opposite, as in The gas station was kitty-corner(ed) [catty-corner(ed), cater-corner(ed)] from the flower stand. http://home.t-online.de/home/toni.goeller/idi...
kitty-corner: the diagonally opposite corner of an intersection. The Bay is kitty-corner from the drugstore. http://hcs.harvard.edu/~golder/dialect/static...
76. What term do you use to refer to something that is across both streets from you at an intersection (or diagonally across from you in general)?
a. kitty-corner (49.53%)
b. kitacorner (0.09%)
c. catercorner (1.34%)
d. catty-corner (30.38%)
e. kitty cross (0.00%)
f. kitty wampus (0.13%)
g. I can only use "diagonal" for this (12.31%)
h. I have no term for this (3.68%)
i. other (2.53%)