I’m reading Richard Dawkins and John Krebs’ article in Behavioural Ecology on “Animal Signals: Information or Manipulation?”, which is a relatively dry description of, as the title states, signaling. So I’m going along, taking notes in Devonthink Pro, when I come across these sentences:
“[…] stags compete for hinds to add to their harems, and contests consist of prolonged roaring duels. Escalated contests are rare, and they are costly because of the high risk of injury and because subordinate males, known as sneaky fuckers, may steal matings during a prolonged fight” (294; emphasis added).
Let it not be said that biologists as a group have no sense of humor.