[Ads-l] like a dog

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 31 20:09:18 EDT 2017


>From last year:

http://video.gq.com/watch/the-closer-with-keith-olbermann-wtf-why-is-trump-such-a-weirdo-about-dogs
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-dogs_us_56b99a5ee4b04f9b57dafa54

Mark Liberman linked to those when he was musing over "I moved on her like
a bitch" from the Access Hollywood tape.

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=28733


On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 7:26 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> A popular politician likes to use this simile as an expression of contempt.
> Presumably "die like a dog" is the inspiration. ("Work like a dog" doesn't
> sound contemptuous to me.)
>
> Exx.:
>
> She lied like a dog.
>
> He choked like a dog.
>
> He fired him like a dog.
>
>
>

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