in USian english, when we give a job to a cow we start calling it an ox.
are there any other domesticated animals we call differently once we force them to labor on our behalf?
What about calling a cat a mouser does that apply?
I can also think of adjectives we put in front of the animal names to denote it has a job like guide dog, draft horse, service dog, milking cow, herding dog, guard dog ect. These aren't quite the same though as a full name change.
@blodeuwedd mouser is probably closest, yeah, but I still think "cat". When I see an ox team, I never think "cows" tbh.
Does a donkey become a burro?
@Tayo I dunno!
@djsundog Dogs used for hunting (and maybe for pulling a sled?) become hounds.
@djsundog hmm, there are specific breeds of dogs called hounds that are primarily used for hunting. Not sure if that qualifies for your inquiry.
@djsundog what about mules, bred only for work because they can't reproduce?
@djsundog Draft horse, draught horse, dray horse, workhorse? These all have "horse" in 'em, though. But this is a really cool idea, I'll have to give it a think.
@djsundog This might be out of scope, but we give animals different names when they become a different commodity in a food sense.
Pigs become pork.
Cows become beef.
Chickens, ducks, turkeys, and other birds poultry.
Sheep to mutton.
@djsundog it might be that when they decide a bull (ie the male cow) is gonna be used for work instead of breeding, they castrate it, which makes it more docile/easy to work with. This sometimes leads to changes in musculature too so there are small biological differences, not just nominal ones! Disclaimer: have never worked on a farm, could be wrong, lmao
@djsundog wow. TIL. I never knew an ox was a bovine
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