What is an “animal tico-ism” you might ask? Well, ticos have a way of associating things, with animals. I don’t know why, and my tica friend does not know why either – it just is what it is. It’s their culture.
Here are a few examples for you:
HORSE: While out hiking with my tica friend, we pause to rest in the shade and drink some water. She wipes her brow, sighs and exclaims: “Geez, I’m sweating like a horse!”
I guess if you think about it – horses do sweat while running or working. Or glisten – which is what I do when I sweat. Really…
HORSE II: “That guy is working like a horse.”
A reference to the strength and stamina of a horse.
COW: You’re eating at a restaurant with friends and you’re really hungry and you eat way too much. A tico might say ”Geesuz I ate like a cow!”
Well, cows are big, and do nothing but eat (unless someone is petting them)…
COW II: If someone is driving their car recklessly, a tico might say “Man, he drives like a cow!”
Meaning – he is clumsy, reckless, all over the road. You know, like a cow.
PIG: Say you walk into someone’s house and the kitchen is an absolute mess (like my kitchen is when I’ve been baking). A tico might say “This looks like a piglet’s kitchen!!” Not in an insulting way, just being descriptive.
Well – pigs are messy. And dirty (which also happens to be another euphemism for the pig). So if something is dirty or messy – it is associated with the pig.
CAT: “Those kids are like cats”
You call the kids in for dinner and they don’t pay any attention and keep doing what they were doing.
MULE: “Stop being a mule”
When someone is being stubborn or does the opposite of what you told them.
HEN: If you have too much going on and are running around like a crazy person, I would say “I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off”. A tico would say “She’s like a hen!”
See, hen’s do run around… like chickens with their heads cut off. (ok, bad reference)…
I‘m sure those of you who grew up on a farm had similar sayings, and can possibly to relate to these animal-ism’s more than I. But to me, it’s just sometimes funny when I hear my friend exclaim: “Geeesuz, I’m a cow!”.That’s all for now guys! Ciao! — Jen