Darling dog crossword clue
Saturday, February 2, 2020
Darling dog is an American, English, and French term for an attractive woman or girl. Its history is related to a play written by French playwright Antoine Marmontel, in 1745. His "Ariste et Lebel dit Amour", is about the unrequited love between Ariste, the son of King Thesmocles of Corinth, and Lebel. Lebel is a character in the play, and is often referred to as Amour. In this play, Amour's mother and father love Lebel, and she feels as if she is trapped in a hopeless love for Ariste, because her parents won't allow her to marry him. The term "Darling dog" then, is a colloquialism in English to mean a hopeless love.
The phrase "Darling dog" entered American English via the Broadway play Ariste and Lebel. Some of the most famous instances of the use of the phrase "Darling dog" in American English literature are listed below:
In 1924, when "Darling dog" became an official trademark, The Sporting News wrote:
"Darling dog" is an easy, uncluttered, and very effective phrase for the headlines that follow on to the story about the "Lion Hunt." It may be used with equal effect in the headline to "The Battle," or "The Race."
To the man who sees the "Darling dog" in an advertisement for a product, it means a thing well worth getting at any price.
And to the woman who sees the headline, the "Darling dog" means a man with a face like those of the gods, a man who could sweep her off her feet if he but tried, but who has the tact not to.
"Darling dog" is like the old-time "Git down!" to the fellow who is too slow in coming to the scratch. To all, "Darling dog" means man or woman who loves for the sake of love.
By May 5, 1929, "Darling dog" was a registered trademark, and on October 1, 1931, it had become one of the 1,200 words in the standard English language that are now protected by the US copyright law.
In an April 1934 letter to "Darling dog" fan Jean Campbell, Dorothy Parker wrote:
"Darling dog" is a most appropriate thing for people to use to describe the opposite sex, but even though my own husband is almost perfect in every respect, he does possess one failing: he does not understand the term "Darling dog." I, as I know you do, keep explaining it to him until at last, we are reconciled.
When used by members of the opposite sex, "Darling dog" is usually a term of endearment or "come hither." It can be used about anyone—friends, children, enemies, fellow travelers, and so on. It does not necessarily imply sex. It is, at the very least, an ambiguous, gentle, and intimate phrase.
Its ambiguities are illustrated by its use of two separate meanings: "Darling dog," which is a term of endearment, and "Darling dog," which is a term of contempt.
Its gentleness is demonstrated by its frequent use in love letters and its absence from the most violent threats, which may not be true for every case of its use.
In a letter to her boyfriend in 1945, Helen Farr of Los Angeles wrote:
_Dear Dick, Darling dog:_
I want to be your Darling Dog—to serve you, to obey you, to be in love with you.
I have been away for six months now, away from you. I have been away from you a great deal longer, and it is not good for one who loves. I am glad to know that you are well and happy, and please God we shall see each other very soon—and we shall go away to a place where we will be alone and we can love again and be happy.
_Your lovemaking Darling_
Her letter would not have been out of place in a "dear dog" letter from someone else, a letter that would have been as close to a sex letter as that one. But it is not true that Helen Farr—the "Darling Dog" letter writer—would never have used it if she had been writing to a man. On the contrary, I believe that she would have used it had it been about anything else but sex—for example, had it been about the relationship between her and her husband. "Lovemaking" is not a euphemism, as we say it is when the word "love" appears between two words that in another sense have nothing to do with sex.
It is, I think, clear that when Helen Farr said that she was writing about "lovemaking," she meant the sexual act that she was about to perform on herself, with him. It is clear also that her sexual act was the occasion for her letter. The evidence for this is that she used words such as "I will show myself your Darling Dog for you", and "We will come together and you will make love to me and I will allow you."
I believe that she would not have used these words if they had not been connected with sex.
I believe, too, that Farr probably believed that she was writing to a man and had been using the words in this letter as a sort of general sexual euphemism.
A woman wrote to the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children,
My four-year-old daughter is now five and a half. Last Christmas she asked me to buy her a little pet donkey. I went to all the main pet shops and found a wonderful small donkey. I took him home and kept him in the garden for a few days and my daughter adored him and petted him, but then one night I was not home and she went into the garden and I discovered that she had taken him into the house. When I went to see what was happening, she had put him in the bath, and was splashing about in it.
You might think that, but no. She is in tears and says she cannot find him and she thinks she has lost him, and has not had any water all day. I told her not to worry and to stop crying and I would find the donkey. I telephoned a pet shop and they said they would find the donkey, but they did not and I did not have a clue as to what had happened, but I was determined to find him and I did. I searched for the donkey and found him sleeping peacefully in the kitchen where he had been left on a towel, but my daughter has been in floods of tears ever since.
I am sorry that you should be worrying about children who behave badly, and I have seen many and know them well, but I would like you to know that I have found this donkey and am bringing him back to you. Please do not worry about this case, she is only a naughty child, but I wanted you to know about this particular case.
Yours very truly,
We do not know how far Farr's 'special case' was an exception. If it had been, she would probably not have seen so many cases of children who behaved badly. Indeed, by her own account, she had written to the NSPCC 'to thank them for their work, for, although I