Looking at Someone with Fawning Adulation

@RasmaSandra (19660)
Daytona Beach, Florida
February 21, 2018 1:27pm CST
It was interesting to discover that certain word relate to animals. All dog owners know that they often experience adulation from their pets in the form of wet, slobbery doggy kisses. In word terms, adulation means having “excess devotion to someone”. The word can be traced back to the Proto-Indo European or PIE language family. In PIE, adul actually means “to tail” but with the sense of “to wag the tail” just like adoring dogs do. In the 1200s, fawning, which is a synonym for adulation, also conveys “devoted dog, wagging tail” association. This one has an added animal inspiration since we all know that a baby deer is known as a fawn. So the next time you look at someone with fawning adulation picture yourself with wagging tail and lapping tongue. Have you heard of these words and phrases before?
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@JohnRoberts (62949)
• Los Angeles, California
21 Feb
I don't think dogs feel adulation but rather desperation for attention.
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@RasmaSandra (19660)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Feb
Perhaps you are right @JohnRoberts guess they use that word to refer to dogs because they also use it to refer to people and I do believe once I hear someone talking about their son who was five and they said he simply adulates his father. or something like that.
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@JudyEv (134920)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Feb
Thank you very much but I'd rather not picture myself with wagging tail and lapping tongue!
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@RasmaSandra (19660)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Feb
When I imagined myself I quite amused myself @JudyEv but it is interesting because these words are also used to refer to people lol
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• United States
21 Feb
I've heard the word adulation before but can't say that I've ever looked at anyone with excess devotion or adulation. I'd like to think my dogs look at me that way but usually it's just a plea for a treat
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@Corbin5 (115891)
• United States
21 Feb
Yes, fawning adulation is definitely what a devoted dog displays to those he trusts, admires, and adores.
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