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Re: Flesh Eating Names

From:Scotto Hlad <scott.hlad@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 1:35
Living in Alberta, cattle country of Alberta, it is normal for the generic name of
the animal in question to also be cow. One would refer to a herd of cows. Less
common would be steer but that most often refers to both cows and neutered
bulls raised for slaughter. I often hear "beef" used in this manner. A
neighbour once gave me some meat for my family after he slaughtered a beef.


-----Original Message-----
From: Constructed Languages List [] On Behalf Of Scott Caldwell
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 6:04 PM
Subject: Re: Flesh Eating Names

On 13-Oct-08, at 4:32 PM, Peter Collier wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------- > From: "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...> > Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 7:42 PM > To: <CONLANG@...> > Subject: Re: Flesh Eating Names > >> On an only-vaguely-related note, what's the sex-neutral term in >> English for a "bull"/"cow"/bovine thingy? I read somewhere once >> that >> "ox" used to fill that role before being co-opted to refer to a >> different subcategory of the same species. What's the singular of >> "cattle"? > > > Well, for me at least, the non-specific term would be "cow" (even to > the extent of having said before now something as strange as "a male > cow is called a bull".) > > Cattle has no singular form.
My father used the term "cattle beast". scott Iryal --