Word of the Day – 17 Nov 2011 – Kine


kine

 

PRONUNCIATION:
(kyn) 

 

MEANING:
noun: A plural of cow.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English kyn, from Old English cyna, a plural of cu (cow). Earliest documented use: 1800.

 

NOTES:
Kine is perhaps the only word in English that has no letters in common with its singular form, cow. Other words that are pluralized using -n marker are children, brethren, and oxen.

 

USAGE:
Cows stood belly deep in a ranch pond, doing their impersonation of the kine in John Constable‘s paintings.”
Verlyn Klinkenborg; Water and Grasses; The New York Times; Jul 5, 2010.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. –Lin Yutang, writer and translator (1895-1976) 

 

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