Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why There Are No Male Cows

You'd think after hundreds of years the English language would have a word for the singular form of "cattle." Of course, you'd also think we'd have have a non-gendered, singular, third-person pronoun (I'll take "they," I suppose...).

I remember one of my old college mentors clucking about the misuse of the word "cow" (or for that matter, "horse") to describe all manner of creatures that we already have plenty of good names for. Accordingly, I enjoyed Life On a Cattle Ranch's sorting out of the meanings behind cow, heifer, bull, steer, etc...

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