Cover pic credit: PETA presentation Nov 2017
No more phrases like ‘Kill two birds with one stone’, ‘Take the bull by the horns’ or ‘Bring home the bacon’. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wrote a vademecum to replace these phrases with more animal friendly idioms.
“Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon,” PETA wrote on Twitter.
However, not all of PETA’s recommendations relay the same message as the original phrase. For instance, taking a flower by the thorns doesn’t convey the same need for bravery one would experience when taking a bull by its horns.