Musings and Amusings

Snoop Doggy Doors

This post is Dayย Four of the 5 Day 5 Photo Challenge in which I feature malapropisms.


It was 2am one wintry February night and I was playing with a photo app. Little did I know when I stuffed my ‘fun house-ish’ doors in my virtual photo folder, they’d come in handy for Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.

Thumbing through Robert Alden Rubin’s going to hell in a hen basket malapropism dictionary for an appropriate D phrase, I came upon ‘doggy-dog’.

Here’s what Rubin has to say:


v: doggy-dog world. Usually a pun, but in a world where canines find their ways into many idioms, the confusion with a ‘dog-eat-dog world’ isn’t surprising. Interestingly, according to the OED, the Latin original for that saying (from 42 B.C.E.) was that ‘dog does not eat dog’. So maybe it is a ‘doggy-dog world’ after all.

“We urge people to use REALTORS because of our Code of Ethics … but many fail to realize that real estate today is a doggy dog world and they forget a couple of things.” 28 May 2014

Comments on: "Snoop Doggy Doors" (31)

  1. Great photo effect.. I think I remember those doors from college. I usually don’t like the filters and effect that can be added, but this one is really cool. It’s a pretty realistic looking fun-house image. I’m loving this series and I was hoping you would find a way to include a door ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m urging the door-photo-folks to remember to visit Norms page and click the linky-thing to get added to the list.

    • Thanks, Dan! One of my worst memories is when my parents thrust my sister and me, unattended, into the funhouse at the county fair. “Go on! you’ll like it!” More like House of Horrors. It was SO dark with so many floor obstacles and dead-end passages we were sobbing by the time we got out. Scarred for life! If my parents had money, I’d sue ’em ๐Ÿ˜Š

      One of our rec centers has several of those distortion mirrors near the workout room. They all make one look short and fat. The workout room is always full ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thank you for your enthusiasm during this series. It’s always gratifying to know I’ve actually ‘sparked’ a reader.

      • Fun house was OK for me but house of mirrors is not something I want to try ever again. It reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode and not in a good way. The little distortion mirrors are fun, but that seems like an unfair place to put them.

  2. I’ve never heard the expression doggy-dog before. Nor have I heard โ€˜dog does not eat dogโ€™.

    I’ve really enjoyed this 5-part series, but could we have more please? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are WAY too young to have heard expressions from B.C. (I hope that makes your day, joanne).

      I’m tickled you enjoyed this. I certainly will call on Mr. Rubin’s dictionary or make up more of my own ( all hens on deck) this fall & winter to perk us up during gloomy weather.

      Thank you, Joanne, for being here.

  3. My first thought upon viewing the doors: glad I am not driving.

    Interesting that the original term was the opposite of today’s meaning.

    • Heh, sounds like you and Dan have some drinking escapades you’ve yet to share. (No details of riding the clipper need be spelled out).

      I know there are other terms that have turned 180 degrees in meaning. If I start compiling a list, that’d be a good eventual post.

      Thanks for your thoughts, Greg. You always add to the conversation. Still shaking my head at hearing COBOL in today’s context! Like spotting a dinosaur in the forest!

  4. Dog eat dog, indeed. Not doggy dog. How odd. Doggy dog. Doggy dog sounds like a leadership position in a doggy gang, where one must surely eat other dogs to stay on top. Doggy dog. I think I will call Sadie Doggy Dog today.

    Oh she still responds, because dog. lol

    Great post, wavy doors are all the rage on children’s tv. Very Alice.

    • I thought doggy dog had a different ‘on top’ connotation ๐Ÿ˜Š

      If Sadie were an English sheep dog, she’d bark ‘I’m chuffed!’ When you call her Doggy Dog. Too funny!

      Thanks for playing, Joey ๐Ÿ’–

  5. Doggy-dog… love it! When I’ve heard people say that I assumed they were just playing with words. Now, you make me wonder.

    Those doors remind me of The Shining. Yikes!

  6. Oh, is that another malaprop: “horror doors” for “hors d’oeuvres”? Well played!

  7. Interesting shot using that app. Fun-house is certainly the right name for it.

  8. If you say the two versions quickly, they sound similar (as of course do all malapropisms, but this one even more so), so I’ve probably heard people say ‘doggy dog’ and not even realized it. But if I ever see it spelled out, I’ll chuckle.

  9. ..and now all I can imagine is a doggy dog world full of fat bellied puppies, lol. Interesting to learn about the origins of the that phrase, we use so many without knowing where they’ve come from!

  10. Cluster fudge? Doggy dog? Sounds dodgy to me…
    Thanks so much for the belly laughs ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Aha! So that’s how it all started. And here I was thinking that doggy dog and dog eat dog are two different things, one a diminutive, the second an expression, although to tell you the truth, I’m not sure anymore. Language is so interesting, even the confusing bits, when we look back at the story behind it. I’m glad you’re straightening this out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great photos too. The first would ft well in a geometric post of some sort, if you ever do one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Love that effect. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. How did you do that?!

    • Geez! I cannot remember and I can’t find it again!! The only photo app I have is Pixlr, but I don’t see the wavy thingie or several other distorted shapes that I made of photos. Will email you if I figure it out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. In the short lived tele series Dharma and Greg there is an exchange where Greg, the lawyer, say Dog Eat Dog world and his hippy chick wife corrects him — that it is a doggy-dog world. She is very disappointed when she finds out she’s heard it wrong and that people can be cruel . . . I loved this series and have a good time off!

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