Animal Characteristics in Word Histories: Who They Are in What We SayAnimalogy \ The Animals in Our Everyday Words & Phrases
04/16/17 • 27 min
Whereas the word veal in English simply means “flesh of a calf” and pork in English means “flesh of a pig used as food,” hidden in many of the Anglo-Saxon/Old English and Proto-Indo-European words for the living animals are clues about the physical, behavioral, or vocal characteristics of the living animals, reflecting a tendency to name animals based on typical attributes or activities.
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