Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Word Wednesday : Dog

This is our beautiful, sweet, and loyal canine friend, Kate. We adopted her two years ago when she was 3 months old. She is the most quiet and calm dog I have ever known. She struggles with timidity, but has never even growled at a human being (unless it was before we knew her). I am a strong advocate of pet adoption, and think it gives endless returns!

Who knew there were so many definitions for the word "Dog" - and why must we slander the character of the most loyal of beasts with some awfully negative associations? I take the following from Dictionary.com:


dog [dawg,dog]
1. a domesticated canid, Canis familiaris, bred in many varieties.
2. any carnivore of the dogfamily Canidae, having prominent canine teeth and, in the wild state, a long and slender muzzle, a deep-chested muscular body, a bushy tail, and large, erect ears. Compare canid.
3. the male of such an animal.
4. any of various animals resembling a dog.
5. a despicable man or youth.
6. Informal. a fellow in general: a lucky dog.
7. dogs, Slang. feet.
8. Slang.
a. something worthless or of extremely poor quality: That used car you bought is a dog.
b. an utter failure; flop: Critics say his new play is a dog.
9. Slang. an ugly, boring, or crude person.
10. Slang. hot dog.
11. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. either of two constellations, Canis Major or Canis Minor.
12. Machinery.
a. any of various mechanical devices, as for gripping or holding something.
b. a projection on a moving part for moving steadily or for tripping another part with which it engages.
13. Also called gripper, nipper. Metalworking. a device on a drawbench for drawing the work through the die.
14. a cramp binding together two timbers.
15. an iron bar driven into a stone or timber to provide a means of lifting it.
16. an andiron; firedog.
17. Meteorology. a sundog or fogdog.
18. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter D.
–verb (used with object)
19. to follow or track like a dog, esp. with hostile intent; hound.
20. to drive or chase with a dog or dogs.
21. Machinery. to fasten with dogs.—Idioms
22. dog it, Informal.
a. to shirk one's responsibility; loaf on the job.
b. to retreat, flee, renege, etc.: a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.
23. go to the dogs, Informal. to deteriorate; degenerate morally or physically: This neighborhood is going to the dogs.
24. lead a dog's life, to have an unhappy or harassed existence: He maintained that he led a dog's life in the army.
25. let sleeping dogs lie, to refrain from action that would alter an existing situation for fear of causing greater problems or complexities.
26. put on the dog, Informal. to assume an attitude of wealth or importance; put on airs.

Happy pet ownership!

1 comment:

Splendid Little Stars said...

love all your definitions! The etymology of language is an interesting subject. Check this link out: http://www.etymonline.com/

An early use of the word was for the worst throw in dice called "the dog." The lucky player was called the "dog-killer."

From 1934, there is the phrase "to put on the dog," which probably referred to the stiff collars men wore at that time--a reference to dog collars.
The list goes on....