Metaphor Dogs
September 19, 2012 4:27 PM   Subscribe

The Canine in Converstaion: Dogs in Metaphor and Idiom Illustrated. A Compendium of Words and Phrases Referring to Dogs
posted by ZenMasterThis (8 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
carpe canis i always say
posted by klangklangston at 5:15 PM on September 19, 2012 [1 favorite]

You see dogs extensively in art, particularly in portraits, and not just because they are beloved pets. When a sitter is portrayed with a dog, they wish to convey that they are a very loyal person.

Perhaps they were also hoping that you would see them as their dogs did. They hoped that you would see them as the people that their dogs believed them to be.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:01 PM on September 19, 2012 [1 favorite]

carpe canis i always say

As that could easily be misheard as something far less innocent, I am sure you always get some interesting looks.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:02 PM on September 19, 2012

"The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his."

-James Thurber
posted by jet_silver at 9:38 PM on September 19, 2012

Woody: How's it going Mr. Peterson?
Norm: It's a dog eat dog world, Woody, and I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear.
posted by mannequito at 9:56 PM on September 19, 2012

Service Unavailable WTF?
posted by mule98J at 10:43 PM on September 19, 2012

Good to see the dog's bollocks made it in there.
posted by nfg at 1:50 AM on September 20, 2012

What I find interesting is how Dogs use human metaphors in their own Doggy-culture.

For example, did you know that in the Dog religion, Dog Hell is guarded by a three-headed man of foul temperament?

And, were you aware that one of the most successful Dog-musicians is called "Snoop Human"?

Note also a famous joke in the Kingdom of the Dogs:

Dog A: My person has no nose.
Dog B: How then does he or she, as the case may be, smell?
Dog A: ... Mmm? Sorry - I was just sniffing your asshole there. Did you say something?
Dog B: Yes - I was asking how does the aforementioned person smell, given their unfortunate lack of a nose.
Dog A: That is a good question! Hang on, I'll find out. Just give me a few minutes.
(Some time passes)
Dog A: Not great, frankly.
Dog B: No, you appear to have misunderstood the nature of my inquiry.
Dog A: Oh - I do apologise.
Dog B: No apology is necessary, my dear friend.

Finally, it is interesting to note that in Dog culture, it is perfectly acceptable to eat your own vomit; and in human culture, people actually watch Two and a Half Men. It just makes you think.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:33 AM on September 20, 2012 [2 favorites]

« Older Herstory   |   "Please receive from me this lovely slice of bacon... Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments