'word' words

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Mon Apr 28 15:50:33 UTC 2008

Actually, _Collie dog_ is heard far less often than is
_German Shepherd Dog_, but the latter, actually the breed's
proper name, is used, I imagine, to distinguish it from, say,
an _English_ or Australian shepherd dog. But that distinction
seem unnecessary, given that one of those is more commonly
referred to as an _English Sheep Dog_ and the latter is best
known as the _Australian Shepherd_ (without the dog).
A website called getpetsonline.com notes that the latter's
name is misspelled a whole _bunch_ of ways. If you care enough
to see how, refer to

Or "collie dog", which probably annoys canines for the same reasons.


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