Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Whinnying versus Neighing
Horses whiney, and they neigh. I once had a boyfriend who found it highly amusing that I could (a) tell the difference, and (b) do very earnest impressions of both sounds. Neighing is a kind of friendly, contented, conversational act of communication, whereas whinnying is the more urgent, "look at me dammit" sound. There is A lOT of whinnying in the ol' blog world. I suppose I do it to. But it can be quite annoying, especially when it is combined with blame. I have a sinking feeling in the old guts that there's going to be even more whinnying around as we head into the presidential election. It's scary to me that the people who talk loudest, fastest and angriest seem to be in the ones who win the power and make the decisions. My relatives in the UK are astounded about our healthcare situation here; it blows their minds when I explain that the scariest thing about illness is not the illness itself, but rather the blind terror of being denied care by an insurance company or being bankrupted once you recover. This NHS has its issues, but when you are really sick it will take care of you.