Curs, crabs, and cranky cows: Ethological and linguistic aspects of animal-based insults

  title={Curs, crabs, and cranky cows: Ethological and linguistic aspects of animal-based insults},
  author={D. Schmauks},
  pages={120 - 93}
Abstract Our attitude towards animals is highly inconsistent. Linguistic evidence of this is the many animal names that we use for characterizing other humans. Although terms like “beastly” draw a clear dividing line between mankind and the animal kingdom, we also see numerous similarities across species and coin expressions such as “eagle eyes” or “ostrich policy.” A treasure trove for such comparisons can be found in animal-based insults with which we mock the appearance or behavior of others… Expand
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