Phrases like "bringing home the bacon" and "flying a dead horse"
Shareena Hamzah, from Swansea University in Wales, meat-based metaphors the chop.
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Writing on the academic website The Conversation, Hamzah claims the growing influence of veganism wants to raise awareness of animal cruelty and end to meaty descriptions.
"In today's reality, meat is always the subject of
"Studies have indicated the negative effects of meat-eating on the human body. Hierarchy, "she added."
"Given that fiction often reflects on real world events and societal issues, it may well be that the powerful meat metaphors are eschewed. While it's unlikely we'll start saying that it's been overlooked like 'chopped cabbage,' some shift in language is inevitable. '
Awareness of vegan issues wants to filter through it to produce new modes of expression. "
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Hamzah admitted it was unlikely such sayings would cut off the linguistic diet, and their more sparing use could in fact heighten their impact.
"The image of 'killing two birds with one stone' is, if anyth
"If we are to confront the realities of food's origins, then this will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and our literature."
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The animal-rights group PETA has been pushing for "animal-friendly idioms" for some time, and has come up with a lot of people. Examples include "feeding a fed horse" instead of "beating a dead horse," and "taking the flowers by the thorns" instead of "taking the bull by the horns."
"While these phrases may seem harmless, they carry meaningful abuse, "PETA writes.
" Teaching students to use animal-friendly language can cultivate positive relationships between all beings and help the epidemic of youth. " violence towards animals. "
This article originally appeared on The Sun.