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sometimes you"re the dog; occasionally you"re the hydrant. The very first shall it is in last and also the critical shall it is in first; sooner or later you might be on height of the world, the next you could be cure badly.

A partner of mine said this one. Ns have found a number of instances where it has actually been used, but none that included any attribution various other than anonymous. Nor have I found anyone that has given a specific interpretation, seeming to presume that the meaning is self-evident. Perhaps, but, simply for the services of fun, let"s exercise a bit of hermeneutics.

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What do we know about dogs and hydrants? The connection is cliché: dogs note territory with their to pee and, for part reason, people have the in your minds the fire hydrants are magnets because that this behavior. Functioning from here, I can suggest the the implicitly is that occasionally you space the territory being claimed, and also sometimes you are the claimant. However, this is most likely much as well abstract. Due to the fact that the expression is occasionally accompanied by through the added admonition, “Hope you"re the dog!”, let"s accept the more secure guess—the phrase refers come urination ~ above something. In the case, its parallel to the refrain in mark Knopfler"s song, “The Bug:”

sometimes you"re the windshield occasionally you"re the pest occasionally it all comes together periodically you"re simply a stupid in love periodically you"re the Louisville Slugger occasionally you"re the ballSometimes it every comes together sometimes your gonna lose it all

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So, occasionally you space going to it is in peed on and sometimes girlfriend going come pee on somebody. Frankly, no sounds specifically attractive to me.

1. As my partner Steven Goodman once told my students once he saw a class, hermeneutics is the procedure of reaching towards the an interpretation of a text. It is vital to understand that this does not arrive in ~ a learning of meaning or also a grasping that meaning. Think that the process as one fifty percent of Xeno"s paradox. Once the rock is thrown at a target, the must very first go fifty percent the distance and also then it need to go half of the street remaining and then half... And so on. Xeno wondered exactly how the stone ever got to the target. In the instance of hermeneutics, it never ever does, though possibly you can acquire closer and also closer.

2. Carpenter, Mary-Chapin. 1992. The Bug, created by M. Knopfler. In Come on, Come on. Columbia Records.

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About the illustration: Digitally collaged by the author. Original photos © 2008 Jupiterimages Corporation. see also: fire hydrant cf: every dog has actually its day; every day has its dog Last updated: march 20, 2008
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