CANTO SLANG: EPISODE 18
This one is new to me and one that I just very recently learned so time to impress your friends!
WTF is that? This one also takes us back to the good ol’ days and showed up in literature equivalent to Shakespeare, but the Chinese version.
The origin of the slang dates back to those Ancient Chinese days.
The first character is “run” and it is used to refer to run as in “running errands”. Dogs are very loyal and obedient to their owners and when the Japanese invaded the Chinese, the Japanese needed Chinese soldiers/generals to assist them. These helpers were seen as traitors and were labelled “run dogs” as they were running errands for the Japanese and seen as loyal to the Japanese, which most likely were due to reasons such as survival, money, protection, etc.
Similarly, a run dog can also be used to refer a jackal, someone similar to a servant that will do demeaning tasks for someone else as the loyal dog is seen as running errands and doing anything that their owner asked of them, regardless of how shameless or degrading it might be.
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