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  •  Not mutton (3+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, MT Spaces, NonnyO

    Mutton is the Anglo-Saxon, Lamb is from the Norman - for the good reason that the nobility ate the young sheep whereas the poor at the old sheep once they had bred and provided wool over the course of serveral years.

    That's why ther is an English description of a woman using a style more suited to a younger woman "mutton dressed as lamb"

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    by Lib Dem FoP on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 02:49:15 PM PST

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    •  So when I sing (3+ / 0-)
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      Ojibwa, RunawayRose, SoCalJayhawk

      .."Qu'il ust porc et bouef et mouton,
          Maslarz, faisanz, et venoisin..",
      somehow a bit of Old English has gotten stuck into the medieval French? I think not. "Sheep" is English, "mutton" is French, and I don't know where "lamb" is from, but it's the same in the field or on the table.

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      by Ahianne on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 04:32:18 PM PST

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