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Pondering Words

Saturday, February 20, 2021

I am "confined" to indoors today, it is cold, snowing and I am being a wuss. emoticon It is giving me time to think about words we casually use to describe others and it particularly takes me to a campaign recently started by the animal rights group PETA. (This is not an endorsement of them BTW). They are upset with how humans have taken the names we ascribe to animals and use them to describe human character. For example, calling someone a pig or a rat... I won't judge whether this is good or bad but it has led me to think about all the word relationships we have with the animal world.
Clumsy as an elephant. A wise old owl. Bull in a china shop. Graceful as a swan. Busy as a bee. Sly like a fox. Calling someone a weasel, a dog, a cur. Strutting like a rooster. Clucking like an old hen. An old goat. A snake in the grass. Wily coyote. Sheep in wolf's clothing. Bear hugs. Stubborn as an ox or a donkey. Breeding like rabbits. Proud as a peacock. Waddling like a duck. We even use some of these words as verbs; badgering, dogging, snaking, out foxing, swanning are just a few.
Oh the places one's mind goes when bored; time to put some uplifting music on and do some serious indoor walking! By Tuesday I will be walking in puddles. emoticon emoticon
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  • ELSCO55
    Interesting thoughts.
    42 days ago
    Things are trying to melt a little here - we got all the way up to 37F today! I chipped some of the driven-on snow-pack off the driveway. They are predicting another inch of snow overnight. So tired of snow right now. emoticon
    48 days ago
    We had a tiny bit of snow yesterday, and it iced up to dangerous conditions in the morning...but it quickly melted, so I don't blame you for waiting to get out! (or just staying inside....)

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say the animals don't give a rat's a$$ what we compare them too! emoticon
    49 days ago
    You are not a wuss. I wonder what our pets say about us amongst themselves. Wussy as a human? We are inundated with snow here too. Have a happy, healthy, non-wussy week!
    49 days ago
    Jemima Puddleduck!! My Jemima association is always first . . . Beatrix Potter. The pancakes (name now being changed) were definitely secondary!!

    I also like the transposition the other way for gatherings of various animals/birds. A murder of crows. An unkindness of ravens. A parliament of magpies. A gaggle of geese on the ground -- but a skein of geese in the sky!!

    Words: wonderful things!!!
    49 days ago
    I'm glad to have read your blog today. I don't think you can stay bored for long!
    49 days ago
    I think those comparisons are right-on. No wonder we use them. emoticon
    49 days ago
    Oh, I enjoy comparatives in language! They are great descriptors and more interesting than plain language. Happy indoor walking!!!
    50 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Yeah I’m pretty tired of being called a β€œsheep” because I believe in science. (sigh)
    Why is that an insult, anyway? Sheep are so cute! And they help is to go to sleep as we count them.
    50 days ago
    Brain fart: should read wolf in sheep's clothing. emoticon
    50 days ago
    πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…maybe animals say "damn, you are acting just like a human" in a derogatory way!
    50 days ago
    My favorite is calling Hossa a JACKASS when he steals my clothes from the laundry basket.
    50 days ago
    I wonder if this happens in other languages too?

    We are looking forward to 3 days of snow next week... Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, then more the following week-end. Great snow shoeing weather, and we will get out on the golf course again.

    Stay warm and dry!
    50 days ago
    This gal's mind appreciates the sharing of the thoughts making their way through yours. emoticon

    I'm being facetious here: So, metaphors involving animals no longer allowed?

    Are humans not part of the animal kingdom? Am I dense? (Yes. You can answer that question freely and no offense taken. I know I can be rather slow on the uptake at times.) Have I missed something?

    Among the in-laws I'm known as the 'weather whimp'. emoticon

    50 days ago
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