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    What's the difference between..

    mutton and beef?


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    Re: What's the difference between..

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    mutton and beef?
    Mutton is the meat of a sheep, while beef is the meat of a cow (or bull). English is unusual in having many pairs of words for a live animal and its dead meat. For example, sheep/mutton, cow/beef, pig/pork. This is because the French Normans who conquered England in 1066 obviously spoke French, and their words for the meat of the cooked animals became incorporated into English: 'mouton', 'boeuf' and 'porc' are the French words for 'sheep', 'cow' and 'pig'.

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    Re: What's the difference between..

    A history you have memorised?Intresting!


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    Re: What's the difference between..

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    A history you have memorised?Intresting!
    The only historical date that every English schoolchild knows by heart is 1066, the defeat of the English by the French at the Battle of Hastings .

    As a side-note, the disparaging word used by the French for the English has been for many centuries 'les ros-bifs' (the 'roast beefs') after the traditional English meal; just as the English call the French 'frogs' or 'crapauds' (the French word for 'toads') because of the French liking for eating frogs' legs.

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    Re: What's the difference between..

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa View Post
    The only historical date that every English schoolchild knows by heart is 1066, the defeat of the English by the French at the Battle of Hastings .
    LOL, the only!

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