"You mean Piglet. The little fellow with the excited ears. That's Piglet. I'll tell him."

This is from Winnie-the-Pooh. What's the meaning "with the excited ears"?

  • It means "Piglet, the one who is known for getting excited when he hears things." – Robusto Aug 25 '17 at 17:42
  • It's an unusual turn of phrase. I guess A. A. Milne partly meant Piglet's ears themselves were "excited" (pricking up to hear better). But obviously this implies that Piglet himself was excited, since once doesn't usually think of things like ears as being capable of emotions. And it would be a bit odd to suppose any allusion to excited in the "physics" sense (excited atoms, etc.) in a children's book. Don't read too much into it, and don't assume you can use this "device" in other contexts. – FumbleFingers Aug 25 '17 at 17:43
  • Although I've never encountered this usage before (or as with the cited example, I've simply forgotten it as a quirky "one-off"), I have heard things like Hey! You with the flappy ears! Mind your own business! when accusing a nosy parker of trying to overhear private conversation. – FumbleFingers Aug 25 '17 at 17:49

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