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    Hi,
    Why is it "Tom cat" instead of "cat Tom", if it is "President Obama" and "Doctor Jones"?
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    Default Re: Tom cat

    A "tom cat" is a male cat, traditionally given the name Tom.

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    Most animals have different words for the male and female. It used to matter in the old days when everyone was a farmer.

    A 'Tom' is a male cat, not a real name. Just as a 'Billy' goat is a male goat and not a goat named Billy, the female is a 'Nanny' goat. Oddly enough I dont know the term for a female cat.

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    Default Re: Tom cat

    extremely interesting. I had no idea. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    Most animals have different words for the male and female. It used to matter in the old days when everyone was a farmer.

    A 'Tom' is a male cat, not a real name. Just as a 'Billy' goat is a male goat and not a goat named Billy, the female is a 'Nanny' goat. Oddly enough I dont know the term for a female cat.
    Apparently, 'once a female cat reaches puberty, she becomes a queen.''
    Whatevs..

    I've always had problems with names for males, females, offsprings, etc.

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