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I need a complimentary phrase for an old animal.  The only one I can come up with is "wise old owl." Can anyone think of another emphsizing something other than wisdom? (It's really annoying that there seems to be nothing but negative adjectives to describe the elderly.)
#1 - January 22, 2013, 01:09 PM
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What about using "elder" like, "Elder Bear"
#2 - January 22, 2013, 01:11 PM
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Kindly, old dog (or cat or really whatever)

Patient, old....(fill in the blank)

I know those aren't very inspiring. Nothing much is jumping to the front of my mind.
#3 - January 22, 2013, 03:02 PM

experienced, sweet, gentle
#4 - January 22, 2013, 03:37 PM
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#5 - January 22, 2013, 04:37 PM
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I'm always intrigued with the questions you post, Ellen, because I know it's likely for a new ms! So fun! I remember posting about "lost things" once and I used several ideas from the thread in the actual endpaper design--- and my editor absolutely LOVED it!

Oh... my suggestion for an old animal... um... Grandpa or Grandma. Great suggestions above!
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Sturdy old turtle.
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Salina inspired me.  :)   I know it is a reach but perhaps you could find a slightly less known slang word for grandparent, like Pappy, that could apply to non-relatives. Or maybe even a non-English word. My father is from South Africa and my daughters call him Baba or Oupa.

I really liked the elder suggestion and found this interesting (to word nerds like me) article on the difference between elder and older: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/older-vs-elder
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aunt or uncle (America Indian)
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Oh, it makes me think of my dear, sweet cat who died 2 yrs ago at the ripe old age of 17.
He was still frisky and totally devoted to me. I still miss him. He was such a lovebug, cuddlykins.
He was also crotchety and bitey, and I loved he still had that spark.

Gee, that's not very helpful, is it? I just posted another muddy post ... must sign off.

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Ellen, do you mean you're looking for common phrases that refer to old animals, like "wise old owl"? There's "tough old bird" which CAN be complimentary when used on humans, but that's probably not helpful unless you meant cooked animals. And "old bat," well, that's probably never complimentary. Hmm...
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I only need one or two. Thank you, everyone. This is for a project in which I'm trying to shine a friendlier light on old age.
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Tough old ox.  :sheep
#13 - January 22, 2013, 09:27 PM
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Good old workhorse...  :giddyup
 {My father refered to himself thus when he got older}
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I keep thinking "silver fox"...but then I think Sam Elliott is dreamy, lol. Might not be appropriate for a PB, though. But maybe "silver" could be used somehow.
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Tried and true?
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Sweet and steady, calm and wise...
#17 - January 23, 2013, 02:43 PM

As tired as a donkey? Or mule.
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Cunning old fox? Seasoned? Veteran?
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