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  • noun dated English name for a breed of dog called German shepherd until the first World War, changed at that time due to anti-German sentiment. Still commonly used in Britain.


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  • That's their proper name and I slieve the Kennel Club have brought it in When they were brought here from armany after the First World War there was a It of anti-German feeling -- hence we used the iphemism "alsatian".

    Put On By Cunning Rendell, Ruth, 1930- 1981

  • Do you go down the creepy faux-naïf road of Birdy and her Twilight-gothic torch songs, or do you move more towards the Britain's Got Talent-style conveyor-belt tactic of "X outshone everyone at her audition – even Margaret and her plate-spinning alsatian"?

    This week's new singles 2011

  • The parcel leans against a wall hectically Blu-tacked with Julian's drawings: from potato men sprouting arms and legs "My Mummy", to skyscrapers and towers and a not bad charcoal sketch of Raffael, their old alsatian, tattered but surviving.

    Polly Samson | The Man Who Fell 2011

  • Pinkish clouds lent the surface a pearly sheen and in she went, a long, perfect arc straight to the heart of the river, the deepest part, but with no thought for Raffael the rescue alsatian who leapt in and swam out to save her.

    Polly Samson | The Man Who Fell 2011

  • Official accounts blame a large alsatian dog, which broke into his compound, but the word among fans is that the goat was poisoned.

    Why the witch-hunt against Cesc Fábregas gets my goat | Harry Pearson 2011

  • Pointing to a fierce alsatian lurking in the rear, he declined their offer in a characteristically supercilious manner.

    I've a bone to pick with David Attenborough | Kevin McKenna 2011

  • I would have done but a bloke came out of the cottage with a bloody great alsatian straining at its lead.

    Wonky Wessex Peter Ashley 2008

  • When I was a child, our family dentist had a great big alsatian that used to sit in the corner of the surgery, growling mennacingly at the patients.

    How a fig seed made me eat miso soup The List Writer 2009

  • When I was a child, our family dentist had a great big alsatian that used to sit in the corner of the surgery, growling mennacingly at the patients.

    Archive 2009-06-01 The List Writer 2009

  • I also remember that once when John was out doing some running training he was attacked by a large alsatian dog which chased after him.

    Eastman War | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles 2009


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  • Can't believe that alsatian is not on someone's dog list. And no, I am not doing a dog list. I abhor the blighters.

    December 11, 2007

  • That may be because, in the United States, they're often called German shepherds. (I notice that WeirdNet is also confused.)

    I've even noticed a tendency in recent years to abbreviate "German shepherd" to "GSD," for "German shepherd dog."

    December 11, 2007

  • I do have pastor aleman on one of my lists somewhere.

    December 11, 2007

  • GSD? I picked up a few gun-shot disfigurements back in the Prohibition days. And they thought a sawn-off in the sawdust joints was enough to stop this old walrus. Ha, they were wrong.

    December 11, 2007

  • An alsatian a day keeps the muggers at bay.

    December 11, 2007