Ever nailed a work meeting and thought; ‘I really took the flower by the thorns today’, while I was ‘bringing home the bagel’? No, probably not.
Ever put your hand up to trailblaze a new concept and thought ‘I’ll be the test tube’. No, didn’t think so.
You’ve probably ‘taken the bull by the horns’ while ‘bringing home the bacon’, being the ‘guinea pig’ that you are though – but maybe not for much longer.
If PETA gets its way the English language will replace its animal-related colloquialisms with more sensitive phrasing, in an effort to reduce animal cruelty.
Beat a dead horse? No: Feed a fed horse now, please.
Kill two birds with one stone. No: we feed two birds with one scone in 2018.
“Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialise cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are,” PETA wrote on Twitter.
If you’re thinking this is an instance of political correctness gone mad I ask you to please think of all those curious cats getting killed over slang like yours.
Also: you’re right.
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