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So I'm in the middle of editing a novel manuscript for a friend when a couple of questions come to mind:

1. Cows are females, bulls are males, and collectively they are known as cattle, but what do you call an individual animal without being gender specific? It seems like no other animal presents this odd quandary.

2. Why does "outspoken" mean "free or unreserved in speech, frank in stating one's opinions"? It sounds like it should mean the opposite, that other people "outspeak" you.
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SideshowJazz17 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
These are the types of questions I always want to know the answer to - why do words mean something other than they really should?
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
LOL English is a confusing language sometimes.
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RainbowStr8ghtJacket Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very good points.....The question about the cattle, steers are bulls without testicals and a virgin cow is called a hefer........so............uuuumm.........hmmmmm.........so if they were born without a gender you could just call them a bovine.
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
LOL I just call them all cows. XP
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RainbowStr8ghtJacket Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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TheGreatAllie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see outspoken as coming naturally from the phrase "speaking out." It took me a minute to see what you were going for.
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Ah, it makes sense that way, but it still sounds like "You have been out-spoken! You lose!"
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Ormspryde Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Hmm, good question; I'd say 'steer' myself, but most of the time I use 'cow' to refer to members of both sexes.

2. Because English is fucked up. Seriously, it's the kind of language that follows other languages down dark allies, beats the crap out of them, and then riffles through their pockets for loose vocabulary! XD
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:iconnevuela:
Nevuela Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
LOL I remember reading that on Facebook once. XD
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Ormspryde Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I repeat it often, because it bears repeating! X3
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