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Re: Meaning of phrase - to take ostrich view

Posted by Smokey Stover on April 02, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Meaning of phrase - to take ostrich view posted by Brian from Shawnee on March 31, 2005

: : : Does this phrase have a meaning ? Does it mean to look down upon others or does it mean taking a attitude of superiority? Can anyone email me please
: : : thanks

: : The ostrich has a tendency to hide its head in the sand when pursued.
: : So for someone or some entity "to take the ostrich view" means a problem is being overlooked or ignored.

: Ostriches don't really do that. It's just folklore, but the concept is widely known.

I've heard the "head in the sand" phrase used to mean that the tactic, as when presumably used by the ostrich, allows you to pretend no one can see you, since you cannot see anyone--or any problem. I've seen the word "struthious" used to mean "pretending the problem isn't there." (That's not really how the word should be used.) On the other hand, I've also heard that if an ostrich attacks you, you should lie down on the ground, as the ostrich cannot bend enough to attack you with his beak. SS