query: whales and dolphins vs. pigs and lambs

Peter Hook peter.e.hook at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 05:27:22 UTC 2008


Hi Sasha,

According to Google there are a number of candidates (in English) for "pig
of the sea", among them the dolphin and the dugong.

All the best, Peter



On 4/24/08, Alexander Vovin <sashavovin at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Dear all,
>
>        Does anyone know about any possible semantic shifts between
> 'doplhin' (or 'whale') to 'lamb' (or 'pig') or vice versa? A friend
> told me that he vaguely remembers that some language calls whales
> 'pigs of the sea', but he could not recollect which one.
>        I will be grateful for any information. Thank you,
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Sasha
>
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> Kyoto &
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