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    Hello,

    Is there always a sort of negative nuance associated with 'pecking order', due to some individuals having more privileges than others ?

    Eg. "Rising Up In The Pecking Order"
    Could it apply to any hierarchy, even presumably positive, or does is sound like you got to elbow your way in a fend-for-yourself system ?

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    The original reference is to chickens (Pecking order - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), so some users may be suggesting something negative (or at least depreciative). But not everyone is aware of this derivation, and the expression is widely used to refer to any social or work-based network.
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    Say there is a loyalty program in a pet shop. Could you humorously refer to the "pecking order", like the title I mentionned above, or is too negative ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois View Post
    Say there is a loyalty program in a pet shop. Could you humorously refer to the "pecking order", like the title I mentionned above, or is too negative ?
    I'm not sure how 'pecking order' would fit that context - unless there were 'grades' of loyalty (1% discount after a year, 2% after two years etc). But it's not 'too negative'. Why not forget the loyalty card; three customers come into the shop at the same time, and the one who gets served first is the one who's been a regular customer for years. He's 'higher in/up the pecking order'.

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    Yes, I know what a pecking order is - but I'm unsure about the connotations.
    I was indeed thinking of grades of loyalty. My concern was about the neutrality of the "pecking order" expression, but if I understood you correctly, it could be used in that context. Right ?

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    Thank you.

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