But I think dogs are getting a bad rap. First, let's look at what a dog is...
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This dog /dɔg, dɒg/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[dawg, dog] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation noun, verb, dogged, dog·ging. –noun
|1.||a domesticated canid, Canis familiaris, bred in many varieties.|
|2.||any carnivore of the dog family Canidae, having prominent canine teeth and, in the wild state, a long and slender muzzle, a deep-chested muscular body, a bushy tail, and large, erect ears. Compare canid.|
Yep that's me! But I hear all kinds of sayings, slurs and negative comments with the word 'dog' included, like these:
- It's a dog eat dog world - describes a world in which people fight for themselves only and will hurt other people
- That car you just bought is a dog - something worthless or of extremely poor quality
- Dog it - to shirk one's responsibility
- Gone to the dogs - to deteriorate; degenerate morally or physically
- It's a dog's life - to have an unhappy or harassed existence
- You dog - a person regarded as contemptible
- Go to the dogs - to ruin
- Working like a dog - expresses a negative opinion about working extremely hard
- Dog breath - person with halitosis, bad smelling breath
- Sick as a dog - very sick
- In the doghouse - in trouble!
I would say that when most folks use these slang phrases they generally don't mean any harm, but aren't they harming us pups? Think about it - subconsciously isn't it giving us a bad rap?
There are some phrases that shine a little better light on us pups. Like:
- Put on the dog - to assume an attitude of wealth or importance; put on airs
I'd like to get the word out - pups are you with me? Let's let the two-leggers know that we want to be represented in a more positive light. Help them to stop using negative slang to describe what they really want to say. It may even help them to get their point across more effectively.