Idiom question

Aaron E. Drews aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Tue Jan 25 11:56:33 UTC 2000

On Mon, 24 Jan 2000, Natalie Maynor wrote:

}"Dog" is also the U.S. term for a male canine.  But its generic use
}is more common.  Mainly just breeders or other dog professionals use
}"dog" and "bitch" to distinguish the sexes.  An ad worded like the
}the one above would be unusual in the U.S. (except maybe in specialized
}publications).  In a regular newspaper it would almost certainly say
}"3 males and 2 females."

Obviously a cultural difference.  I would guess because <sarcasm> the
American public is just too sensitive to hear that word </sarcasm>.  But I
wonder if it has to do with cultural differences of the average dog owner,
too: just to give an idea, in the US, leaving your dog at home alone while
you're at work is acceptable; in the UK it isn't.  This is entering
into social anthopology on a speculative basis, but it's a thought.


Aaron E. Drews                               The University of Edinburgh
aaron at                  Departments of English Language and       Theoretical & Applied  Linguistics


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