Saturday, September 23, 2000
W O R D  P O W E R

The faithful one

AN underdog: a) A person who is not in a favourable position to win a competition.

b) Someone who is a victim of social injustice.

Martin is an underdog in this year’s election.

The poor and the illiterate are generally considered the underdogs in society.

To work like a dog: To work very hard.

I am going to work like a dog on this project.

The tail is wagging the dog: A situation where a person is controlled by someone he should be controlling.

The Principal decided to bring about a change in the staff because she felt the tail was wagging the dog.

Dog-eared: To have the corners of the page a book folded to mark it for reference. The pages can also be dog-eared when used frequently or carelessly.

Our school librarian gets very angry when she finds dog-eared books.


A dog:
Describes something that is inferior in quality or a failure.

Her last performance was an absolute dog.

Dog eat dog: A situation of fierce competition in which people become ruthless in order to win.

I can’t stand the dog-eat-dog atmosphere in the world of politics.

A dog’s dinner: A mess; a poor piece of work

— The accountant has made a dog’s breakfast of these accounts.

Baying like a dog at the moon: Making a great but pointless fuss and wasting one’s time and energy.

You can go on baying like a dog at the moon, but I certainly can’t buy you a car this year.


1. Another word for dog or doglike.

C — — — —— E.

2. A group of puppies born at a time.

— — — — — R.

3. A record of a pure bred dog’s ancestors.

P — — — — — — —.

4. A book in which breeders register the pedigrees of dogs.

S — — — D — — — K.

5. An unweaned puppy.

W — — L —.

6. A dog whose parents belong to different breeds.

C — — — — B — E —.

7. A dog with such mixed ancestry that no one breed can be recognised.

M — — — — — L.

8. A dog whose parents belong to the same breed.

P — — — — — — —.

Looking back

Dog days is a term used for hot damp days of summer, when the heat makes us feel exhausted and lazy. This term originated from the fact that in the northern hemisphere, the hottest months are July and August and that is the period of time when the constellation of Sirus can be seen in the sky. Sirus is called the Dog star. That’s why those hot days came to be called Dog days.


Over a hundred years ago an American newspaper editor felt that news must be sensational and out of the ordinary. He said "When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news!" This led to the expression "man bites dog", which describes something unusual or totally unexpected.


A nation’s greatness lies not in her material resources, but in her will, faith, intelligence and moral forces. — J.M. Hoppin.

Score card

Canine, litter, pedigree, studbook, whelp, crossbred, mongrel, purebred.

— Illa Vij