Remembering People

As is well known, the sudden extinction of human beings in April of 2031 silenced the Animal Kingdom for nearly two years. Animals were neither stunned nor even surprised by the passing of so vain and troubled a species, yet the ugliness of the event—the sheer savagery of the spectacle—left them mute. It seemed that everything in nature turned to the contemplation of people and their demise.

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“It is what it is.” “No, it’s not.” Variations on a Cliché, by Frank Eagle, PhD

The noted animal linguist and Amur Leopard, Ruth Spot-Popper, has often commented on the intriguing variations in clichés used by people and animals. In a scholarly article published in the February/March issue of Dead Words, Spot-Popper analyzes an example of an American cliché ("It is what it is") and compares it to similar phrases common among animals.

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