irom's Blog

Lemmings commit mass suicide

Posted on: December 27, 2012

Lemmings are small rodents, became the subject of a popular misconception that they commit mass suicide when they migrate.

lemmings

Recently I found in polish newspaper (also here)  that because of their association with this odd behavior, lemming “suicide” is a frequently used metaphor in reference to people who go along unquestioningly with popular opinion, with potentially dangerous or fatal consequences like gay marriage supporters

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