February 07, 2005

Kung hei fat choy!

Yes, it is that holiday time of year again...Chinese New Year, and this Wednesday ushers in the Year of the Chicken.

Now, a lot of people refer to it as the Year of the Rooster. I guess "Year of the Chicken" sounds kind of dumbass. A few sniggeringly like to call it the "Year of the Cock", and while I'm partial to this, it still doesn't add up. No other animal year refers only to the male half of the species. That said, nobody ever calls it "Year of the Hen".

But why not Year of the Hen? Or, to be British about it, "Year of the Bird"? We can celebrate hens, chicks and birds and cocks all year long, the old fashioned way. Imagine the excuses you can make when caught in flagrante delicto - "Sorry, baby, I still love you, but hey - it's the year of the Cock."

Well, the only way to be fair is to acknowledge that this isn't just about his or hers: it's about chickens. Boy chickens. Girl chickens. Fried chickens. Yellow-bellied chickens. Free-range chickens. Chicken Little. The San Diego Chicken. Boneless chicken. Don't ask me what this means. I don't do horoscopes. Another round of avian flu out of Guangdong, probably. But whatever the cycle holds in store, be it fair or fowl, may your successes take wing and your setbacks prove poultry.

Posted by Jame at 07:46 AM GMT

I've never been a successful feminist which is probably why I really love calling it the Year of the COCK!!! Actually, the Michelle-ism would be the Year of Mr. Pink (correction to previous statements, size C works just fine).

Nien Nien nu e. Kong Chien. Kan bei. Yum sen. Wen ule.

Posted by: michelle on February 7, 2005 04:31 PM

Mabel says that it is in fact Year of the Rooster; the ancient founding stories behind the Chinese zodiac specify this particular year is named for the male of the species. When I asked her why, she said, "Because the stories were written by men." I didn't ask what the story actually was, since I don't care, but I thought you should know.

Posted by: Jame on February 9, 2005 05:10 AM

Whatever. I'm sticking with Year of the COCK! And I can live with Year of the Bitch too, just to make things even.

Jame, Are you a COCK?

"The sign of the Rooster indicates a person who is hard-working and definite about their decisions. Roosters are not afraid to speak their minds and can therefore sometimes come across as boastful. They make good restaurant owners and world travellers."

I'm a friggin' Rat: "Rats are said to be imaginative, charming and very generous to those they love - although they do have a tendency to be quick-tempered and over-critical. They are supposed to make good writers, critics and publicists."

I've gotten over the quick-tempered part (except when I encounter a slow driver on the beltway during PMS) so none of this applies to me at all.

Posted by: michelle on February 9, 2005 05:34 AM