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Cruelty To Animals

Have you ever noticed how cruel writers are to animals?

  • The Fox in the Hen House – a conflict of interest
  • Cat House – a brothel
  • Mole – a spy
  • Rat – disloyal or despicable person
  • Weasel – same as a rat
  • To badger someone – repeatedly and annoyingly go on about something
  • Horse around – play or torment
  • Dog Meat – dead person (also said as Dead Meat)
  • Dog House – in trouble or on someone’s bad side
  • Snake – liar, a treacherous or deceitful person.
  • Catty – bitchy, deliberately hurtful in one’s remarks; spiteful.
  • Mousey – small and sweet, usually not pretty
  • Ass – stupid, rude, foolish
  • Horse’s Ass – means you look stupid or someone has made you look stupid (You made me look like a Horse’s Ass.)
  • Gopher – errand boy, someone who carries out menial tasks for another person
  • Chameleon – a person who changes their opinions or behaviour according to the situation.
  • Laugh like a hyena – to laugh hysterically, uncontrollably and in a high pitch
  • Taking the Camel’s hump – going off in a bad mood, throwing a tantrum
  • Skunk – liar, a contemptible person.
  • Kitten – small, young, playing. Slang for a woman who dates older men
  • Sick as a Dog – so sick that you feel like you’re dying
  • Fish out of Water – out of your depth
  • Cougar – woman who dates older men
  • Fox – a cunning or sly person

What is it that makes us compare the worst people in our stories to harmless animals? I notice there are never nice ways of comparing a human to an animal, however strange it sounds. You can be cute as a button, which makes no sense, when saying ‘cute as a puppy’ would make more sense. Even something like ‘Kitten’ isn’t used in a nice way, but as a lesser insult.

There are a lot of slang words in Scotland that we use on a regular basis, but I have to admit that I rarely use any of the ones about animals. It’s not on purpose, it’s just something that’s happened over the years. It seems silly that we continually put these animals down for things that have nothing to do with them.


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