Insects,Birds, and Animals???!!!

Hi Everybody!

One thing that’s always bothered me is when people talk about “insects and animals” or “birds and animals”.
Aren’t insects and birds in the animal kingdom? (Are these the same people who call dolphins and whales fish?)

Yes, and probably.

It depends. A cursory look at a dictionary reveals that it has multiple meanings, not all of which are Linnaean:
Main Entry: 1an·i·mal
Pronunciation: 'a-n&-m&l
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin, from animale, neuter of animalis animate, from anima soul – more at ANIMATE
1 : any of a kingdom (Animalia) of living things including many-celled organisms and often many of the single-celled ones (as protozoans) that typically differ from plants in having cells without cellulose walls, in lacking chlorophyll and the capacity for photosynthesis, in requiring more complex food materials (as proteins), in being organized to a greater degree of complexity, and in having the capacity for spontaneous movement and rapid motor responses to stimulation
2 a : one of the lower animals as distinguished from human beings b : MAMMAL; broadly : VERTEBRATE
3 : a human being considered chiefly as physical or nonrational; also : this nature
4 : a person with a particular interest or aptitude <a political animal>
5 : MATTER, THING <the theater … is an entirely different animal – Arthur Miller>; also : CREATURE 1c

(BTW, in case you didn’t know, “dolphin” refers to both a fish and a mammal.")