|to attribute or ascribe human form or behaviour to (a god,animal, object, etc)|
First, let me make it clear that I can not say "Anthropomorphize" on the first try.
Seldom on the second try.
In fact, I have to see that word to be able to say it at all.
The way the letters are arranged, it wants to roll off my tongue as "Anthro PRO morphize", and not "Anthro PO morphize".
Who cares really?
I just needed to give the definition of how we tend to make our animals have human feelings and characteristics to explain their behavior.
I guess that only makes sense, seeing as how we're human and all.
It makes us think our animals understand us, and that we understand them.
If you had been in the room when the picture above was taken, you'd have clearly heard Hobbes saying, "Who ate all the $#@* icecream!!"
He does a lot of cussing these days.
He is, after all, about 14 in human years.
While lacking the testosterone to back up his behavior, he is a snot.
He picks fights with the dogs who outweigh him by 40 pounds and have infinitely larger mouths.
He bites, but doesn't draw blood, on those that wish to shower him with affection at a time he deems inappropriate.
He stalks the young lady cat from across the street. She dismisses him every. single. time.
He chases, but cannot catch the cheeky squirrels.
He does as he is asked (comes inside at dusk), but marches around the house in a snit for at least an hour afterward.
Often, the snit is accompanied by cursing.
Long, drawn-out, deep meowing to anyone within earshot--including dogs.
See, anthropomorphizing at its best.
Cats can't even talk, so how can they curse?
Anyone who has ever owned a teenaged cat, will attest to the fact that they do, indeed, curse.
"Who ate all the $#@* icecream!!"