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    Plural of milk maid

    They are milk maid. or
    They are milk maids.

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    Re: Plural of milk maid

    What a strange question... definition of milkmaid from Oxford Dictionaries Online : add an s.

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    Re: Plural of milk maid

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    What a strange question... definition of milkmaid from Oxford Dictionaries Online : add an s.

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    Sir, we have been taught plural also "milkmaid"
    Now I could understand what is the plural.

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    Re: Plural of milk maid

    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    Sir, we have been taught plural also "milkmaid"
    Now I could understand what is the plural.
    This is taught as essential vocabulary?

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    Re: Plural of milk maid

    (... in the same way that 'the postilion has been struck by lightning' or 'I have lost the key to my watch' are essential phrases for the modern traveller!)

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    Re: Plural of milk maid

    Does any country actually have "milk maids" any longer? I picture rosy-cheeked lasses running down the mountain, their hair in braids, to the happy cows or goats awaiting them.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Plural of milk maid

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Does any country actually have "milk maids" any longer? I picture rosy-cheeked lasses running down the mountain, their hair in braids, to the happy cows or goats awaiting them.
    If that's your definition of milkmaid, then it could be difficult to find one.

    But girls do milk cows here in Poland and everywhere, I guess, where milking cows hasn't become a fully automated process. There are many families here who have two or three cows of their own and have to milk them themselves.

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    Re: Plural of milk maid

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    If that's your definition of milkmaid, then it could be difficult to find one.

    But girls do milk cows here in Poland and everywhere, I guess, where milking cows hasn't become a fully automated process. There are many families here who have two or three cows of their own and have to milk them themselves.
    No one denies that there are people who milk cows manually all around the world.

    It's just that the word "milkmaid" is an old word and it only brings to mind stereotypical image of a "Mädchen" in a dirndl or something like that. It's not a word we'd use to describe someone whose job is to milk cows. Plus "maid" sounds outdated and quite possibly sexist/offensive.

    I don't know what the "modern" or "correct" term would be. You could use something more descriptive -- "My job is to milk cows". Or, if it's someone who owns the cows, they're a "cattle farmer".

    Or, if you want it to sound impressive, you could say "I work in the dairy industry"

    EDIT: "dairy worker" is a good word for this
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    Re: Plural of milk maid

    I understand, but the question whether there are milkmaids in different countries creates the problem of translating the word. We don't call a girl who milks cows "a milkmaid" , we call her "mleczarka". And the word might have different connotations in Polish. I just assumed the most tangible definition of the English word.

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    Re: Plural of milk maid

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I understand, but the question whether there are milkmaids in different countries creates the problem of translating the word. We don't call a girl who milks cows "a milkmaid" , we call her "mleczarka". And the word might have different connotations in Polish. I just assumed the most tangible definition of the English word.
    Well, there is a word "dairywoman". But we'd probably say "dairy worker".

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