Saturday, February 20, 2021
I am "confined" to indoors today, it is cold, snowing and I am being a wuss.
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.