Animal Based Metaphors about Growing Old. by Alleen Pace Nilsen Don L. F. Nilsen. 1. Animal-Based Metaphors are Visible Evidence of Human Attitudes towards Gender . Species are valued differently based on their gender.
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Alleen Pace Nilsen
Don L. F. Nilsen
a goose down comforter goose bumps
goose pimples goose egg score
goose step (march) to goose an engine
goose neck lamp silly goose
She’s as colorful as a peacock!
She struts like a peacock.
Black widow spiders
Sea Cows (also called manatees, from Spanish)
Many animal terms are positive when based on young animals, but negative when based on old or middle-aged animals, e.g.
frisky as a colt
Note that old men refer to their buddies as their cronies. One dictionary says this might come from chronos related to time, but since the h is missing, we suspect that it is a jocular way for men to insult their friends in a similar way to when fussy old men are referred to as old maids or old hens.