Although you will still need to technically “bring home the bacon” in order to get the bills paid, the fact you won’t be able us the phrase without being considered politically incorrect is what will change. That is if vegans and veganism get its way.
Shareena Z Hamzah, of Swansea University in Wales, explained the possible change as:
“It may very well be that down the line powerful meat metaphors are eschewed in order to avoid those who abhor slaughtering animals for food. Some shift in language is inevitable”
When the change begins, Hamzah stated the shift that will take place, including an awareness of vegan issues, will move through our consciousness and then will, in turn, produce new types of expression. Now, you are probably asking yourself—what will these new types of expressions look like?
To answer this question one simply needs to take a look at an article produced by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, who offered what they consider some better substitutions of expressions. For example:
- “Kill two birds with one stone” could soon become “feed two birds with one scone.”
- “Take the bull by the horns” could be “take the flower by the thorns.”
- “Be the guinea pig” would change to “be the test tube.”
- “Beat a dead horse” would change to “feed a fed horse.”
- “More than one way to skin a cat” would then become “more than one way to peel a potato.”
And of course “bring home the bacon” might very well soon be changed to the phrase “bring home the bagel.”
What all of this means is that if vegans, and veganism, do indeed succeed in making us confront the reality of where our food comes from, we may soon see that realization reflected in both our literature and our language.