Our Flashcard section is customarily a clip-and-save guide to navigating some of the language's more treacherous waters. In past installments we've tackled homonyms, state abbreviations, essential and nonessential phrases, and the its/it's dilemma. This time, however, we simply convey a cornucopia of canine arcana. These facts are, indeed, just for fun.
Many thanks to EE friend Amy Ferguson, who compiled the following out of the goodness of her crazy doglady heart.
The Most Common Dog Names in the United States
The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the U.S.
Some Things You Probably Didn't Know About Dogs
A Dog's Rules of Possession
People on Dogs"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read."
— Groucho Marx
"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."
— Mark Twain
"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."
— Dereke Bruce
"If you want to be liked, get a dog. The people you work with are not your friends."
— Deborah Norville
"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." — Louis Sabin
"Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to." — Joe Gores
Amy's Dog-Related LinksLos Angeles Animal Control
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, L.A. Chapter
Nuts for Mutts
Humane Society of the United States
Pooch Cafe (a comic strip about dogs)
SourcesPlanet Dog: A Doglopedia, by Sandra and Harry Choron, Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2005
The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, by Robert Byrne, Galahad Books, New York, 1996.
kck9.com (a Kansas City, Mo.-based Web site devoted to dogs and the people who love them)