'word' words

Matthew Gordon gordonmj at MISSOURI.EDU
Mon Apr 28 16:01:31 UTC 2008

The inclusion of 'dog' in 'German Shepherd Dog' also serves to distinguish
the animal from the the person, i.e. the shepherd native to Germany. This
ambiguity was played up in a recent American Express commercial featuring
Tina Fey.

On 4/28/08 10:50 AM, "Doug Harris" <cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET> wrote:

> 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
> http://www.gotpetsonline.com/pictures/gallery/dogs/herding-dogs/australian-s
> hepherds/
> dh
> Or "collie dog", which probably annoys canines for the same reasons.
> LH
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