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Bull vs. Gentleman Cow

A caller from Amherst, Massachusetts, says that her grandmother, born in 1869, never called a bull a “bull,” but instead simply called it “the animal.” This kind of euphemism, along with “gentleman cow,”...

Beef vs. Cow

We eat chicken and fish, but not cow. Instead, we use terms like veal, beef, mutton, and pork to refer to red meat. It’s largely the result of the Norman invasion of the British Isles, when French started to meld with English. This is part of...

stockering

stockering  n.— «Calves that have been weaned and are intended for sale as commercial feeder cattle, but that have not yet been placed in the feedlot, are commonly referred to as stocker cattle. Immediate demand for stocker cattle is...

pot holing

pot holing  n.— «Pot holing refers to a conservation farming technique that involves making holes in the field. During crop production, inputs ¾ fertilizers/manure, seed, water, lime ¾ all concentrate in the prepared hole as opposed to...

knock down

knock down  n.— «Don’t think you’ll actually live in the place, though. In the parlance of the area, it’s called a “knock down.” After purchase, you would be expected to knock it down and build a multi-million dollar McMansion on the site...

who laid the rail

who laid the rail
 adv. phr.— «Oh, these boys of mine are cowmen from who laid the rail. They’re not out to rob a neighbor.» —by Andy Adams Wells Brothers: The Young Cattle Kings , 1911. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)