'Bringing home the bacon' could be BANNED to stop vegans getting offendedDecember 3, 2018
Shareena Hamzah, from Swansea University, claimed the growing popularity of veganism could see people give meat-based metaphors the chop.
It could mean historical sayings such as "taking a bull by the horns" or “putting all one’s eggs in one basket” become a thing of the past.
Shareena Hamzah, of Swansea University, claimed the growing influence of veganism will raise awareness of animal cruelty and put an end to meaty descriptions.
Writing on academic website The Conversation she said: “In today’s reality, meat is repeatedly the subject of much socially and politically charged discussion, including about how the demand for meat is contributing to climate change and environmental degradation.
"Studies have indicated the negative effects of meat-eating on the human body.
"When concerns about animal welfare are added to the broth, the growth of vegetarianism and veganism threatens to dethrone meat from its position at the top of the food hierarchy.
“Given that fiction often reflects on real world events and societal issues, it may very well be that down the line powerful meat metaphors are eschewed.
"While it’s unlikely we’ll start saying that someone has been overlooked like 'chopped cabbage', some shift in language is inevitable.
“The increased awareness of vegan issues will filter through our consciousness to produce new modes of expression – after all, there’s more than one way to peel a potato.”
But Dr Hamzah admitted it was unlikely such sayings would be completely cut out of the linguistic diet, and their more sparing use could in fact heighten their impact.
She said: “The image of 'killing two birds with one stone' is, if anything, made more powerful by the animal-friendly alternative of 'feeding two birds with one scone.'
“If veganism forces us to confront the realities of food’s origins, then this increased awareness will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and our literature.”
Animal rights charity Peta has been pushing for "animal-friendly idioms" for some time and has a list of suggestions people could use to avoid causing offence to vegans.
Examples include “feeding a fed horse” instead of “flogging a dead horse” and “taking the flowers by the thorns” instead of “taking the bull by the horns”.
The charity’s website says: “While these phrases may seem harmless, they carry meaning and can send mixed signals to students about the relationship between humans and animals and can normalise abuse.
“Teaching students to use animal-friendly language can cultivate positive relationships between all beings and help end the epidemic of youth violence towards animals".
Last week vegan activists stormed a steak house in Brighton to play animal slaughter noises to diners.
However they were drowned out by a group of stag do lads chanting and making mooing sounds.
Harmful Bring home the bacon
Helpful Bring home the bagels
Harmful All your eggs in one basket
Helpful All your berries in one bowl
Harmful Open a can of worms
Helpful Open Pandora’s box
Harmful Flog a dead horse
Helpful Feed a fed horse
Harmful Be the guinea pig
Helpful Be the test tube
Harmful Hold your horses
Helpful Hold the phone
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