Should saying “bring home the bacon” be banned? At least one academic this week thinks so, considering it might offend vegans.
And that’s not all – “killing two birds with one stone” and “beat a dead horse” could also go by the wayside.
According to Shareena Hamzah of Wales’ Swansea University, this kind of old saying might be offensive to animal lovers. And it’s not just one liberal professor that thinks this. Apparently, animal rights group PETA already believes saying “take the bull by the horns” is offensive and should be replaced by “take the flower by the thorns.”
If only we were kidding.
— Frank Chung (@franks_chung) December 4, 2018
According to Dr. Hamzah, the increasing popularity of veganism is raising awareness on this front in all sorts of ways.
“If veganism forces us to confront the realities of food’s origins, then this increased awareness will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and literature,” Manzah told The Conversation, an academic website. “The increased awareness of vegan issues will filter through our consciousness to produce new modes of expression.”
“She added: ‘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’.” Similarly, PETA would like to get rid of “to flog a dead horse” and replace it with “to feed a fed horse.”
Where does the PC madness of reinventing the English language end?
In fact, here’s a whole list of sayings PETA wants to scrap and their suggested alternatives, according to the UK’s Mirror:
Out: Bring home the bacon
In: Bring home the bagels
Out: Let the cat out of the bag
In: Spill the beans
Out: All your eggs in one basket
In: All your berries in one bowl
Out: Open a can of worms
In: Open Pandora’s box
Out: Flog a dead horse
In: Feed a fed horse
Out: Hold your horses
In: Hold the phone
Out: Killing two birds with one stone
In: Feeding two birds with one scone
Out: Taking the bull by the horns
In: Taking the flower by the thorns
Out: More than one way to skin a cat
In: More than one way to peel a potato
Out: Be the guinea pig
In: Be the test tube
PETA wants you to stop saying ‘bring home the bacon’ and ‘beat a dead horse’ pic.twitter.com/FFlF54pIaP
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 4, 2018
There’s no end to this nonsense once you go down the PC rabbit hole. Not to mention, there are far more harmful things someone could do than use an old-fashioned saying.