CAN changing language help reduce our reliance on fatty meat products? Well, animal rights charity PETA certainly believes it can, in fact the organisation has been pushing for “harm-free” alternatives to specific animalrelated phrases for some time.
The rationale is to move away from normalising phrases that infer harm to animals and therefore reduce animal abuse and meat consumption.
Suggested substitutes for common phrases include: “Bring home the bagels” instead of “Bring home the bacon”, “Feeding two birds with one scone” in lieu of “Killing two birds with one stone”, and “Taking the flower by the thorns” as opposed to “Taking the bull by the horns”.
Only time will tell if this is an effective method for curbing our carnivorous desires or whether changing language to alter an outcome is simply flogging a dead horse, errgh sorry, we mean stroking a fed horse, right? WHEN somebody tells you that an experience was a real kick in the pants, they generally weren’t too thrilled about it.
But for jockey Ryan O’Connor, being thumped in the groin by an angry horse literally saved his life.
Upon tending his injury in hospital, doctors discovered he had a cancerous tumour that if untreated would have spread.
Thanks to the kick, O’Connor was given the all-clear in Jan.