The Word "Game"

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The Word "Game"

I have a question....

When viewing the Forums here, and on other Wild Life Web Sites I find the word "Game" is often used to refer to the Beautiful Animals we all watch with love, and addiction.

I always thought the word "Game" was reserved for animals we hunt, and I dont exactly get the impression the majority of the people here, and at the NKHORO Lodge are intending to Hunt these animals...... or at least I hope not! I always thought the people behind Africam, and its followers/veiwers had the utmost respect and love for the Africam Stars....not the desire to see their heads mounted on their walls!

Am I wrong? Is the word "Game" used to describe all large wild life or is it how we refer to animals we are hunting or are intended to be hunted?

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Language..so confusing and changing.

for example i clicked on your topic...thinking that you had a WORD GAME that you played while waiting for animals.
and wondering now how does she have time to play a WORD GAME when there is so much infor to read and keep up with on this Forum.

Now i know what you mean...after reading your post.

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Good on you Africamom

I can assure you that while I worked at and managed several places called "Game" lodges, not once did I ever think of hunting and neither did 99% of the guests who visited the lodges (although many of them asked the same question - why is it called a "Game" Lodge).

The only hunting that ever took place at the places I worked was by the predators themselves.

Landi

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HAhahaha, No Olympics, whatever would I do!? LOL No Seriously, what? :cry:

Alright, so if I boycotted the word "Game" I couldnt associate with all of those things either. Which wouldnt be wise on my part.

So I suppose Im gonna cancel the Boycott, and just resolve to make it known that I am not a hunter, nor do I condone/support GAME hunting, or hunting of any kind. But I also dont hold it against anyone who uses the word game, as I have learned that it is not only used in a negative context.

You learn so much on the Web these days, LOL
Laughing out loud

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I guess then Africamom that you will have to boycott the many "Game" Lodges should you decide to come to Africa to view wildlife, not go to a "game" reserve to see animals and avoid looking for the Big 5 because that is also a hunting term.

Landi

PS - it may also mean that you cant ever watch the Olympic "Games"

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I suppose with all things in life, or at least in the english language, the word has progessed to mean more than one thing (HUNTING) however, I wouldnt want anyone to mistake me for a hunter if I was using the word, so from here on out,

I BOYCOTT THE WORD GAME !

Whose with me? Laughing out loud

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In the days when African wildlife was viewed by the European settlers and visitors as merely something shoot for the pot or for the trophy room they called the wildlife "game". As more people became more interested in viewing animals, rather than killing them, the name stuck hence is commonly used today. I do not believe that it is used in a negative context - times have changed and so the word "game" has assumed a new meaning.

The "Big 5" is another common term used by visitors, guides and travel agents alike. To most people today it is a desire to see and possibly photograph the "Big 5" - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. The term also originates from hunting - Africa's 5 most dangerous animals to hunt on foot.

Landi

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You know, that Im not relly sure of. I mean, if indeed you were looking to describe an animal you wanted to, or intended to hunt, "Game" would be appropriate to use. But since most of here, or so I assume, are animal lovers, not Supportive of Poaching or Hunting, when we describe the animals we should say "Wild Life" or "Creatures" or what have you.

Just as long as we are all aware, that when we say "Game" it means
"animals under pursuit or taken in hunting; especially : wild animals hunted for sport or food"

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What is the right word to use?

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Alright, so I guess I was right, it is used in a negative way to refer to the animals we view here. Sad but true I suppose. Maybe people who were using the word, unaware of its true meaning, can take that into consideration in the future.

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Great question Africamom. Something a non english speaking person wouldn't have noticed.
I looked it up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
game - animals under pursuit or taken in hunting; especially : wild animals hunted for sport or food (2) : the flesh of game animals

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