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Piggy back vs. bunny trail
Old 02-07-2018, 04:22 PM
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It’s always weird for me to see the phrase “piggy back” online. I have said (and thought) “bunny trail” for as long as I can remember. In my group of friends it has always meant something along the lines of “I was replying to your comment and on topic, but then my brain went another direction as fast as a bunny changes directions, and I followed that bunny trail.” A bunny trail may or may not be relevant to the original topic.

Do you use any phrases other than “piggy back”?


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Old 02-07-2018, 05:18 PM
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I have never heard of "bunny trail" in my life until I saw that post yesterday where it was mentioned! Perhaps it is regional?
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Old 02-07-2018, 05:46 PM
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I use piggy back for "building on to what you said but going in a different direction" and rabbit hole for "following something farther than you expected" (i.e. start researching best walking shoes and spend hours reading reviews, websites and watching youtube videos )

I may start using bunny trail because it perfectly describes conversations I have with DD. DH, on the other hand, is never able to keep up with my bunny trail.
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:58 PM
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To me, piggybacking and bunny trailing are two different things.

Piggybacking stays on topic. Example: "We need to do a better job of cleaning up spills in the hallway. Someone could slip."..."Yes, and to piggyback off that idea, we also need to figure out where the water is coming from in the first place."

Bunny trailing changes the subject. Example: "We need to do a better job of cleaning up spills in the hallway. Someone could slip."..."Oh, that reminds me, I spilled my coffee in the car on the way to work yesterday. It took me forever to clean it up!"
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Haven't heard bunny tail
Old 02-08-2018, 09:38 AM
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But have heard "chased a rabbit" for when you get off topic


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