You can’t get a leopard to change his stripesPosted: January 23, 2019 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: a leopard cannot change its spots, a tiger cannot change its stripes, expressions, humor, malaphor, wordplay, words 2 Comments
This was uttered by an employee commenting on a work group that seem set in its ways. It is a nice congruent conflation of “a leopard cannot change its spots” and “can’t change one’s stripes”, both meaning that people are incapable of changing their essential nature. The speaker might also have been thinking of the expression “a tiger cannot change its stripes”, meaning the same as the two expressions above. Confusing tigers and leopards is certainly understandable, both being big cats. A big thanks to Steven Michael for hearing this one!
The picture you’ve posted is of a young cheetah, which is ironically considered part of the small cat family. 🙂
BUT, love the thoughts of the also-ironic confusion of the proverb in question. The wrong picture actually just adds even greater depth to this entire post! 😉
That’s what I intended! 😉 Thanks for the post and glad you enjoy the website!