February 25, 2020

Take the bull by the horns and bring home the bacon


As the son of a wordsmith and a slinger of the written word myself, I am a fan of idioms and expressions that deliver my point in a more colorful manner. So when the infamous activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tweeted about “speciesism” phrases and anti-animal language, it got my goat a little bit.

According to the group, we are no longer supposed to “kill two birds with one stone.” Instead, the group suggests we “feed two birds with one scone.” We no longer bring home the bacon, instead it is recommended we bring home the bagels.

Now hold your horses, PETA!

I cannot say these expressions because I might offend an animal?

I think it is time for me to let the proverbial cat out of the bag and address the gigantic elephant in the room.

PETA didn’t publish the list to elicit any sort of change in the phrases we speak. Rather, I think the group has gotten rather well-versed in riding the waves of its notoriety.

When PETA makes ridiculous claims like this, people get madder than a wet hen and call them out on the carpet.

If you don’t believe me, take a few minutes and look back to when PETA suggested people shouldn’t kill mosquitoes because every life matters. I know a few dozen grown people who still climb on to a chair or scream when they see a mouse or spider crawling around, so I cannot imagine the group managed to get far with that load of crap.

Instead, what is happening is the same thing that always happens since the advent of social media — people are sharing their two cents on the matter, no different than I am now, and we start to beat the dead horse and the group gets a few hours of time in the media for free, and while it is riding its wave of attention it likely gains a few more radical supporters of its cause.

Meanwhile, the rest of us sit back and have another thing to gripe about at the water cooler or laugh about as we see the group’s post get twisted six ways from Sunday into memes suggesting we stop using anti-book language like “hug the books” instead of “hitting the books.”

My recommendation to everyone is to sit back and watch like a hawk as the one-trick pony does its thing.


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"Ridiculous claims"? There's the problem. A wordslinger should know that what we write, and say, matters.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Report this
Lucy P

Language is always evolving. We can and should embrace creative ways to express ourselves that don't make light of violence and cruelty.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Report this

Inclusive, nonviolent language is always a good thing. It's time for society to grow up and evolve.

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