Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Why do people label a stray/abandoned cat generally as “domestic short hair” and not simply a stray or a pariah? Domestic. It has such nice ring to it.

Then again why do people label a stray/abandoned dog as “mongrel”, “stray”, and “pariah” and not just simply a domestic short hair/long hair/no hair/whatever?!

Noun 1.
mongrel - derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin; an inferior dog or one of mixed breed.

Noun 2.
pariah - derived from a Tamil word first used in English in 1613, to refer to the lowest level of the traditional Indian caste system; in English, it is used to mean “a social outcast”; it can be used for anyone also known as Untouchables, very low in society.

pariah dog - ownerless half-wild (?) mongrel dog common around Asia.

Bias much?

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