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Call it a dog

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Call it a dog

Reader's question:  

I think it's fair to say that Europe's response to its current crisis will lead to the creation of European Monetary Fund. It probably won't use those words to described it, but if it walks like a dog, you know, call it a dog.

Could you explain “if it walks like a dog, call it a dog"?

My comments:

Do you know the expression "call a spade a spade"?

Well, this is it. If it walks like a dog, it (most probably) is a dog. Don't bother calling it a cat or anything else.

In other words, no mincing words and putting it mildly, just say exactly what you think even if it may offend some people.

If someone talks like a politician, walks like a politician, you know, he is a politician. Don't bother calling him by any other name.

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Zhang Xin(张欣) has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.