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The peculiar history of cows in the OED

 

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has hundreds of words that relate to cows. For most English speakers, the idea that anyone…

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Pronunciation: ˈsēˌtōs
adjective
bearing bristles or setae; bristly

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Hot diggety dog: the language of hotdogs

 

In my local supermarket there is a section of shelving devoted to sausages in tins and jars. American-style hot dogs whose…