When I'm testing data or programs and I need an example-word, for some reason I use the word 'frog'. I've never worked out why, but I've gradually become fascinated with the word itself.
There's the amphibian, naturally. Then there's all the meanings related to fastening – the frogs of braid which may secure a military jacket or those of other materials which may attach a sword to a belt. Then, there are the spiked frogs which support flowers in a vase, the frog on a violin bow which attaches the strings and the frog on a brick which is the indentation on the larger sides.
The frog which a horse has on the sole of its hoof is not an unfortunately slow specimen but a pad of horn which acts as a shock absorber.
Of course frogs are charming, especially when we compare them to toads. And, yes, I do know that there are ugly frogs and cute toads (and if you don't believe me, just Google each of those phrases). Nonetheless frogs seem to be perceived as a good thing.
I think this is helped by the frequent, and geographically widespread, use of the frog in fable, fairy tales and in sayings. The Japanese wisely point out that a frog in a well does not know the great sea while in Eastern Europe it is held that a frog must know its own pond. Very true.
Of course, in fairy tales the frog is frequently a prince, even a king, in disguise. All very well if you're prepared to kiss them...
In Cockney rhyming slang the 'frog and toad' is a 'road', so hitting the frog, colloquially speaking, does not require the intervention of your local society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Which might not be the case for the 'frog in a blender' jokes, or the proverbial frog in a frying pan.
Finally, testing data or programs is a precursor to the introduction of something new – the implementation of which is never easy. I'm wondering if my selection of 'frog' as a test word derives from the 'boiling frog syndrome'.
Oh well, back to the burner...
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