Aaron E. Drews
aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Mon Jan 24 19:42:03 UTC 2000
I asked a few people about "holy cow" referring specifically to the Queen.
Nobody heard of it. Maybe it's a local thing somewhere in England...
maybe the people I asked weren't anti-monarchist enough.
I'm fascinated by the whole "cow as female" vs. "cow as generic"
discussion. For me "cow" is only female, but if I saw a roaming bovine,
I'd saw "cow" and not bother investigating the anatomy.
The main reason I'm fascinated by the discussion is because of another
four-legged creature: the dog. In Britain, a "dog" is male. It's
generic, as well, but people advertising puppies list "3 dogs and 2
bitches". I thought in American, the term was "stud", but looking at my
AHD, "stud" is another generic for any breeding male animal. What is the
term for a male dog?
Aaron E. Drews The University of Edinburgh
aaron at ling.ed.ac.uk Departments of English Language and
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron Theoretical & Applied Linguistics
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