Re: Re: Steers

From: Roderick and Ellen Robertson <rjremr_at_...>
Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 14:18:39 -0700

> Steer is an American word, in England it would be "bullock". Now, we have
> unit in the Dragon Pass game which is called something Bullocks, so if
> can be named after castrated cattle then you can easily have a person
> similarly. By the way, from cowboy movies, I knew that a steer was some
> of cattle, but not necessarily that it was a bullock, so the name "Steer"
> need not have any implications.

Well, it is a perfectly good Anglo-Saxon word, rather than a pure Americanism. It's probably used in some regional accent of English, and was transported over here to become the accepted word for "young ox". My guess it that it is used one side or the other of the Danegeld - but I'm not sure which.

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