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Folklore: scholarly calls for farm animals

Kent Davis 14 Aug 10 - 11:06 AM
maeve 14 Aug 10 - 02:49 PM
Gutcher 14 Aug 10 - 03:34 PM
GUEST,Ebor_Fiddler 14 Aug 10 - 04:49 PM
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Subject: Folklore: scholarly calls for farm animals
From: Kent Davis
Date: 14 Aug 10 - 11:06 AM

What is the connection, if any, between the hog call "soo-ey" and the name of the genus to which hogs belong (Sus)? Similarly, what is the connection between the cattle call "boss" and the name of the genus to which cows belong (Bos)? Are there other learned (or learned-sounding)calls for farm animals?

What I've found on the web seems like speculation rather than scholarship.

Kent


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Subject: RE: Folklore: scholarly calls for farm animals
From: maeve
Date: 14 Aug 10 - 02:49 PM

I whistle the chickadee spring song to call my chickens. I talk to the new chicks in Greylag Goose lingo, "Vee vee vee vee vee."

maeve


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Subject: RE: Folklore: scholarly calls for farm animals
From: Gutcher
Date: 14 Aug 10 - 03:34 PM

My grandmother called her cows in using caprea,caprea,pronounced
cawpreea,cawpreea. My friend used caleddy,caleddy, pronounced
cawleddy, cawleddy.
Here in S.W. Scotland the cow stall in a byre is called a BISS this
would no doubt be from the latin for cloven footed.
Joe.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: scholarly calls for farm animals
From: GUEST,Ebor_Fiddler
Date: 14 Aug 10 - 04:49 PM

"Coosh! Coosh!" for cows doesn't sound particularly Latinate though.


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