Posted by: episystechpubs | August 29, 2014

Nifty Nuggets: Dog Terms

In honor of National Dog Day (August 26, 2014), I thought I would share some dog terms with you. These terms come from You’re My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People, by Donald Friedman.

Hangdog (adj) Dejected, downcast, furtive, or guilty-the expression found on a dog or human when he’s just been caught doing something he shouldn’t be or when he’s been told that he’s not going with you.

Hangdog (n) One who is furtive or sneaky.

Not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog

One of Mark Twain’s and now America’s great aphorisms, suggesting that the success is a matter of grit, spunk, determination, and a willingness to persist in the face of obstacles. Twain also observed, “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you,” adding that this was the principal difference between dog and man.

Putting on the dog

To behave pretentiously; to dress or behave in a showy manner.

Top dog (n)

The person, group, or entity that is in the dominant position, especially when emerging victorious after a conflict.

Thank you,

Jackie Solano

Technical Writer, Episys Technical Publications


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