park and bark (opera). A phenomenon in opera where the singer makes no attempt to play a part, that is to act, and instead simply stands and sings. Whether this is a bad thing or simply a thing appears to be a matter of taste. Also in dispute is whether this is a new trend in operatic stage direction or an old one.
park and bark (legal). Good fences make good neighbors, that is unless there is a dispute about property lines. Dog behavior and the designation and use of parking spaces are among the most common points of contention.Of course these are not the only kinds of disputes, but the rhyming nature of the phrase gives it great appeal.
park and bark. In a more literal sense this phrase may be used to describe dog parks (where dogs are allowed to run free), visits to dog parks, dog-centered restaurants, and dog-centered accommodations.
1. Barrett, Grant. 2010. Among the New Words. American Speech 85 (1):108.
2. Midgette, Anne. 2009. The Myth of Park and Bark. Washington Post, Sep 29. Accessed Nov 30, 2010 from http:// voices.washingtonpost.com/ the-classical-beat/ 2009/09/ singers_who_cant_act_can.html.
3. Barrett and Lovenheim, Peter, and Emily Doskow. 2004. Becoming a Mediator: Your Guide to Career Opportunities. 1st ed. Berkeley, Calif.: Nolo. 3-3.