[LMB] OT: neat cows (was Morris dancing

Dan Tilque dtilque at nwlink.com
Fri Dec 23 20:51:37 GMT 2005


Peter H. Granzeau wrote:

> At 06:12 PM 12/22/2005, Thomas Vinson wrote:
>> But I imagine the usage in Morris referred to that "neat"
>> which is (in effect) the singular of "kine".*
>>
>> Still used in the compound "neatsfoot oil", a leather
>> preservative, but otherwise obsolete in American English.
>
> That's why I used the word "also".  I found "neat" in its
> obsolete meaning in the American Heritage.

Merriam-Webster has the meaning in its Collegiate and doesn't
even label it obsolete. I find that fairly amazing.

Next time I meet a rancher, I'm going to ask him how many neats
he has...

--
Dan Tilque





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