A friend just sent me this query:
“I refer to my car as Silver, and treat her like a horse. Someone told me I was anthropomorphizing the car, but I’m not: I’m attributing equine characteristics, not human characteristics, to the Audi. Right? So what would one call that habit? I eagerly await your answer.”
Is there a word for this phenomenon, either with respect to horses in particular or non-human animals in general?