Are you offended by the phrase, "I Don't Have a Dog in the Fight"
As a dog lover, I get angry every time I hear it. I only have 539 characters left to explain why so, instead of trying to cram my reason in, I will expand it into a hub......please look for it and like it, if you also get mad when you hear people saying it.
Not but the words, but by the sentiment that seems to be advocating the use of dogs for fighting for 'sport'.
To quote a classic movie: "Lighten up Francis". It's just an expression. I would venture to guess that the percentage of people who use that term and also advocate dog on dog violence is close to zero.
Do you think of salt when someone mentions salary?
It is an old saying that has no relationship to the people involved fighting dogs. It merely means that they don't have anything at stake. another one is " I don't have a horse in that race" You don't have to race horses to use it.
We've got all sorts of dog phrases: top dog, underdog, dogfight (for planes), that dog won't hunt, going to the dogs, doggerel, my dogs are killing me...
There's been a close relationship to dogs and humans for a very long time. Yes, some of that has included brutal dog fighting, it has also included companionship and hunting, and of course, lots of dogs fight naturally. I'm not really convinced that any of these phrases are specifically or only tied to the brutal dog-fighting you are referring to. It could just as easily have come from the hunting culture (e.g two dogs competing over a quarry), or from watching a couple of local mongrels fight over a bone.
Not that I have any reason to defend the phrase. I've never said it myself, or even thought of saying it, and we have perfectly acceptable alternatives. "No skin in the game," for example, but heck, for all I know, that might offend some one as well.
I'm with Bill, it is just an expression. I am a dog lover. I think dogs are the most wonderful creatures and I cannot bear the idea of one being mistreated or hurt.
But in this case, I think it is just an expression and wouldn't worry about it.
No, it is a 'down home' expression........used mostly to convey the idea, that one has no vested interest in the outcome of a particular situation. It has nothing at all to do with fighting dogs for sport, which I do, take issue with. It has nothing to do with violent acts, which I also take issue with.
Many times, people will say, " fair to middlin", when asked how they are doing.......they have no idea, that this is a farming term, where it comes from OR what it actually means..............and, yes, there is reason. One possiblity is given below.
'Middling' was and is a term used by farmers to describe the quality of farm produce, especially sheep. There were several loosely defined grades of produce: 'good', 'fair, 'middling', 'ordinary' and 'poor'.
Honestly, I am OFFENDED by how easily people are offened, these days.
My Grandpa was so wise, he once said to me, " if you can live with it, I can live by it."
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