A university researcher has warned that the increase in non-meat diets might see a rise in vegans wanting to replace offensive phrases.
Shareena Hamzah, who works for Swansea University, has said she believes vegans could force us to use new expressions as we confront the realities of food.
Shareena said, ‘If veganism forces us to confront the realities of food’s origins, then this increased awareness will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and literature.
‘The increased awareness of vegan issues will filter through consciousness to produce new modes of expression.’
Those predictions are already looking like they are coming true as animal rights organisation PETA calls for people to use ‘animal-friendly language’.
Peta has said, ‘The words that we use have the power to influence those around us. Unfortunately, many of us grew up hearing common phrases that perpetuate violence toward animals, such as ‘kill two birds with one stone’, ‘beat a dead horse’, and ‘bring home the bacon’.
‘These old sayings are often passed down in classrooms during lessons on literary devices.
‘While these phrases may seem harmless, they carry meaning and can send mixed signals to students about the relationship between humans and animals and can normalise abuse.
‘Teaching students to use animal-friendly language can cultivate positive relationships between all beings.’
No doubt there will be resistors to the idea of a new compelled speech that is inclusive of animals.