Monday, May 2, 2011

This Week's Language Change

Cats and dogs make excellent companion animals

They're not to be called "pets" anymore but "companion animals". Why? According to The Journal of Animal Ethics, the former term is derogatory. Similarly, "wild animals" should now be called "free-living" or "free-roaming"; "wild" implies "uncivilised, unrestrained, barbarous". Find out more from The Guardian's article.

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