2018-12-03 23:36:00 UTC
Academic Claims Phrases Like ‘Bring Home The Bacon’ Will Go Out Of Fashion
To Avoid Offending Vegans
Phrases such as 'to flog a dead horse' could go the way of the dodo, she
By MILES DILWORTH
2 December 2018
The growing popularity of veganism could lead to a cull of meat and dairy
sayings, an academic has claimed.
Phrases such as 'bring home the bacon' and 'killing two birds with one
stone' will go out of fashion to avoid offending animal lovers, according to
Shareena Hamzah of Swansea University.
She cited guidance from Peta, the animal rights charity, which wants people
to replace expressions such as 'take the bull by the horns' with 'take the
flower by the thorns'.
Dr Hamzah said the influence of veganism will raise awareness of animal
cruelty and push people towards using less meaty metaphors.
'If veganism forces us to confront the realities of food's origins, then
this increased awareness will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and
literature,' she said.
'The increased awareness of vegan issues will filter through our
consciousness to produce new modes of expression.'
But Dr Hamzah said it was unlikely such phrases would be cut out of the
linguistic diet altogether, and their more sparing use could in fact
heighten their impact.
She said: 'The image of 'killing two birds with one stone' is, if anything,
made more powerful by the animal-friendly alternative of 'feeding two birds
with one scone'.'
Peta also wants to replace the phrase 'to flog a dead horse' with 'to feed a
Likewise, 'more than one way to skin a cat' should become 'more than one way
to peel a potato', it says.