In act 1 scene 1 Gremio suggests that rather than courting Katarina, one must cart her. This refers to the practise of "riding criminals, scolds, or prostitutes through the streets to shame them before exacting further punishment" ( Taken From: Steggle, Matthew, 2004, http://www.shu.ac.uk/emls/10-2/sloacapa.htm)
Throughout the production Katarina is referred to as a shrew. A shrew "is a tiny mouse like animal with a quite undeserved reputation as venomous and ferocious." (Taken From: http://www.pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/barrons/tamings.asp) In Shakespeare's times a women referred to as a shrew was disobedient, strong-willed and short-fused and was often given the same regard as a prostitute.