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Happy as a Lark

Posted by Bob on October 05, 2000

In Reply to: Happy as a Lark posted by Maddog on October 05, 2000

: I have heard it many times and was curious about its origin. "Happy as a Lark"

We humans tend to anthropomorphise animals, attributing human emotions and motivations to them. It's a harmless hobby. We attribute to larks, which have a beautiful melodious song, happiness... since humans sing when happy. The bird is issuing mating calls and staking out territory when biologists un-romanticize it... but "horny and territorial as a lark" just doesn't cut it as a phrase.