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Re: Moo! (was: The Birds and the Bees of Gender)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 31, 1999, 20:02
Carlos Thompson wrote:
> Probably the word _cattle_ has undergone that change: from refering to > any kind of livestock has narrowed to mean only bovines.
According to my dictionary of word origins, when the word _cattle_ entered the language, it meant "property", and was, from the beginning, often applied specifically to livestock. It comes from Anglo-Norman _catel_ from medieval Latin _capitale_, which goes back to classical Latin _capitalis_, origin of our word "capital". Chattel is also related, entering thru Old (Parisian) French _chatel_ -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-name: NikTailor