Illustration Daily: Beef

Time to grill! Did you ever wonder why beef isn’t called cow instead? The reason is stems from the Norman Conquest when the French nobility used French words to refer to their meats, like ‘boef‘, while the peasants used Anglo-Saxon terms to refer to the animal, like ‘cu’. You can see this same type of dichotomy with poultry/chicken, pork/pig, and mutton/sheep. Etymology is so cool.


Beef, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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