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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Euphemism Of The Day: Simba

Today I was talking about how I feel energised: refreshed, revived, and refocused and this blog has a lot to do with it as well as other positive things in my life despite the uncertainty I am surrounded by. This spawned the euphemism:

The lioness is no longer sleeping, she is ready to hunt! ;}

A friend pointed out that this can be interpreted in a myriad of ways so use it as you will.  You are welcome :)

I think lions really are a very good animal to describe a certain way of life that I am quite happy to adhere to.  They are considered lazy because they lounge about most of the time in the shade, away from the heat, yawning and sleeping away.  But then when they are wounded they fight like champions, and when they are ready to feed every coupla days they hunt with precision and determination. Its all about conservation of energy to then utilise to its fullest at opportune and appropriate moments.  Its a "green" way of life if you will. They may not be the fastest like the cheetahs and they are certainly not shameless like hyenas that wait to feed on the left overs but they still manage to awe and impress us.  Hence the title as the King of the jungle. You don't have to be necessarily the very best, but you need to be near the top, you need to be tactical to be able to use your potential to the fullest.

 However I think there is a caveat.  The lions don't hunt the lionesses do.  Lions sit around growing beards and preening and looking pretty.  So I say lionesses are Queens and lions are useless and undeservingly have the title of King.  This has absolutely NOTHING to do with gender bias on my part he he he ;}


  1. love the blog. Is this inner lioness a return of the nkwazi days...although I could have sworn you were a leopard then. :) alice

  2. I was a leopard. I have also masqueraded as an impala (swara) and an eagle...

  3. I loove the impala! Thanks for sharing the proverb. I agree it's not about being the best but doing YOUR best. Congrats on the start of this new phase of your life lady. Not quite sure if this is an anonymous blog given your picture is on here.

  4. It's semi-anonymous...I do not want to use my real name until I have put all the pieces of my plan together...Right now this lioness is hunting in the savannah, camouflaged by tall african grass, but you know she is there. When she sees her prey she will pounce and reveal herself ;)

  5. I bet you my simba response on the whiteboard sparked this post right? This post seriously made me laugh out loud and I may or may not agree haha...

  6. I'm sure see it on the board had an effect, that day I had gone to a party and had great conversations and the phrase came to me :)