Thursday, May 23, 2013

What is the proudest bird you know?


There are many proud creatures...Today I want to mention a type of bird with a large ornate tail which has its due position in the English language since there are a few expressions with this bird... Which bird am I talking about?
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I am talking about this bird...

A PEACOCK

In Polish we call this bird 'paw'. In English, as I have just said, the bird is the one associated with such features as pride, vanity and gaudiness. This is reflected in the following expressions...


AS PROUD AS A PEACOCK

In Polish we have a similar expression 'dumny jak paw'.

AS VAIN AS A PEACOCK

In Polish we have a similar expression 'próżny jak paw'.

AS GAUDY AS A PEACOCK

In Polish we have a similar expression '(za) bardzo kolorowy; przesadnie upstrzony'.

As you see, it's good to remember the name of the bird because you can easily use it with other nice adjectives to describe things and people.
 

A few examples from the Internet:
  • Louis's fair brows climbed as if my extravagance was as gaudy as a peacock's feathers, but he did not refuse.
  • Truly words fail me. She was as gaudy as a peacock and twice as much fun!
  • He was as vain as a peacock, as cool as a cucumber, and as charming as a riverboat gambler.
  • My brother said his classmate Helen was as vain as a peacock.
  • As questions come from a young grandchild, his grandpa talks about how, as a very young man, he was as proud as a peacock in uniform, busy as a beaver on...
  • Dudley, from Norwood, London, was probably sent by a girl in service, back home to say that she was as proud as a peacock to be working in...         

My question to you:
Which of the three expressions best describes you? Why?

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