forgotten english friday.

Wagtail.  An obsequious person; a harlot.  I understand the analogy [dogs wag their tails; dogs are obedient], but I am not certain that I wholly agree with the latter part of this definition.  Is a harlot a particularly obedient person?  Doing what you’re told in exchange for money could be interpreted as ‘anyone who works’.  If we are going to call a harlot a wagtail, we might as call everybody [with a job] a wagtail.  I know, I know, it could simply have been a colloquialism, not a direct correlation with the initial definition.  All the same.

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