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    Question rooster vs. cock in BE

    Hi,

    I used "rooster' in one of the tests I gave my students, and a colleague of mine (a teacher of English too) told me that "rooster" is used only in American English.
    Some dictionaries say it is used mainly in AE, so I understand that it is accepted in Br.E. as well, is it not?
    I need to know whether in contemporary British English it is used for I' ve heard it quite often and I need to to tell my colleague who is a bit conservative when it comes to spoken British English.

    Thank you,
    angela

    PS I sometimes used "rooster" in order to avoid "cock" which nowadays is most often than not associated with the taboo word for a male's sex organ (one can hear it- rather too often - in American films) ...

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    Re: rooster vs. cock in BE

    Google.co.uk has thousands of British entries with "the rooster": "the rooster" - Google Search

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    Re: rooster vs. cock in BE

    "Rooster" may well be one of the many words that live on in English regional dialects, where it had existed for hundreds of years before the voyage of the Mayflower. Certainly, when I first heard the song 'Little Red Rooster' in the early '60s the word was new to me - but I had led a very sheltered Home Counties life and had never been north of Watford.

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    Re: rooster vs. cock in BE

    The alternative is the softer "cockerel", which used to mean a juvenile bird. A juvenile hen is a pullet.

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