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Thread #60069   Message #959872
Posted By: Joe Offer
27-May-03 - 01:43 PM
Thread Name: What do ranchers raise?
Subject: RE: What do ranchers raise?
Her's what my dictionary says:
cattle noun plural: domestigated quadrupeds held as property or raised for use; specifically: bovine animals on a farm or ranch.
The word is derived from capitale, a form of the Latin word for "head."

But ranchers raise cattle. If you go to Crawford, Texas, and start talking about kine, you're likely to be held under the USA Patriot Act. If you're talking about just one head of cattle, you specify gender and whether it possesses the appropriate plumbing for that gender...

-Joe Offer, from Wisconsin, where they have only cows-