Figuratively Speaking

DOGMATICS

It’s only fitting that this writer’s three dogs would claim their right to butt, or should I say, mutt, in on this blog.

So today, Fiction Daily is, well, you know … Going to the dogs.

Dogs are such an inseparable part of human existence that we’ve built a large vocabulary around them.

We’re tired as dogs, when we walk on our dogs too much; if we do this for many years, you could say we have lived a dog’s life.

Often our use of the words reflects how our humble best friends experience considerable mistreatment at our hands. We treat someone like a dog, we work like a dog, bad times are dog days.

If we bother someone, we dog them, a reference no doubt to the canine’s ability to hound us to death when they want something.

If we are unoriginal, we might write doggerel, which apparently comes from Middle English use of dog as in Dog Latin, a debased form of that scholarly language.

When we tick off our spouses, we are in the dog house and when we really dislike our co-workers, we throw them to the dogs.

Another term that sounds doggy is dogma, which actually comes from the Greek word “dogma,” or opinion and today refers to a set of ideas presented as truth and closed for discussion.

Taking us to today’s entry title, Dogmatics, which is a system of principles established by an authority.

Around our house, you see, Dogmatics is the law of the land, and I’ll be doggoned if I see an end to it.

2008-05-30 12:48:08 GMT

2 Responses to “Figuratively Speaking”

  1. GENE-O says:

    And let’s not forget the suggestive dance called the Dirty Dog
    –Gene-o
    mailto:eugene_downs@hotmail.com
    2008-05-30 13:05:25 GMT

  2. marion says:

    We see that one quite often around here. No music required, just a hound and a swamp. — MB