Phrases like ‘killing two birds with one stone’ could be culled to stop upsetting vegans

2018-12-03 14:29


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It seems you might have to "hold your horses" before you "open a can of worms".

A Swansea University researcher says these phrases could be discouraged in order to not offend vegans.

According to Shareena Hamzah, the growing popularity of veganism could lead to a cull of meat and dairy sayings, reports Daily Mail.

Hamzah says the influence of veganism will raise awareness about animal cruelty and push people towards using less "meaty" metaphors.

Meaning that phrases like "bring home the bacon" and "killing two birds with one stone" may soon go out of style to avoid offending animal lovers.

According to Metro, the researcher cited guidance from Peta, an animal rights charity, which wants people to replace expressions such as "take the bull by the horns" with "take the flower by the thorns".

"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 wrote in her paper.

"The increased awareness of vegan issues will filter through our consciousness to produce new modes of expression."

Hamzah further said it was unlikely that these phrases would be cut out of the linguistic diet altogether, but their more sparing use could in fact heighten their impact.

The Daily Mail reports that Peta has been pushing for harm-free alternatives for a while now and has a list of suggestions people can use.

See the list here:

Out: Bring home the bacon                     In: Bring home the bagels

Out: Let the cat out of the bag                In: Spill the beans

Out: All your eggs in one basket              In: All your berries in one bowl

Out: Open a can of worms                      In: Open Pandora’s box

Out: Flog a dead horse                           In: Feed a fed horse

Out: Hold your horses                            In: Hold the phone

Out: Killing two birds with one stone       In: Feeding two birds with one scone

Out: Taking the bull by the horns            In: Taking the flower by the thorns

Out: More than one way to skin a cat      In: More than one way to peel a potato

Out: Be the guinea pig                           In: Be the test tube

Sources: Metro, Daily Mail, Briefpost


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