Die hoenders in!

Hier (Pecking order) is ‘n insiggewende kyk op hoenders en wat ons by hulle kan leer.

Het ons in Afrikaans ook soveel terme wat die oorsprong aan hoenders te danke het?

Watching chickens is a very old human pastime, and the forerunner of psychology, sociology and management theory. Sometimes understanding yourself can be made easier by projection on to others. Watching chickens helps us understand human motivations and interactions, which is doubtless why so many words and phrases in common parlance are redolent of the hen yard: “pecking order”, “cockiness”, “ruffling somebody’s feathers”, “taking somebody under your wing”, “fussing like a mother hen”, “strutting”, a “bantamweight fighter”, “clipping someone’s wings”, “beady eyes”, “chicks”, “to crow”, “to flock”, “get in a flap”, “coming home to roost”, “don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched”, “nest eggs” and “preening”.

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One response to “Die hoenders in!

  1. HeavyHenry

    Baie waar. “Jou Hoender!” is ‘n verskriklike belediging.

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