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Re: Word connections - malaise and sit

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Monday, May 28, 2001, 20:12
Sally Caves wrote:
> >Andreas Johansson wrote: > > > > Nathan Roy wrote: > > [snip]> > > >similar to how pork, mutton, venison and beef are more sophisticated >terms > > >than pig, sheep, deer and cow. > > > > More sophisticated? I thought the only difference was that the first set > > refered to the animals as food, and the second to 'em in any other >situation > > (bar highly scientific ones where they'll be refered to by systematic >latin > > names) ... > >I'm sure someone has made this remark already, but pig, sheep, deer and >cow >are Anglo-Saxon, and pork, mutton, venison, and beef are Norman French. >They >are only "sophisticated" because they were used by an "elite" conquering >people after the Norman Conquest in 1066. In other words, the English >servants tended the pigs, sheep, and cows and probably dressed the deer, >but >the aristocratic Normans ate pork, mutton, beef, and venison at the >king's >table.
Ok. So "sophisticated" = "upper class" here. I was thinking of "sophisticated" as in being advanced or complex. Andreas _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at