« back to encyclopedia search results
The author of a book called "The American Language"; part of which is devoted to food.
He talks about "The Golden Age of Euphemism" in the 1830"s and 1840"s, when "nice" people called a cock a rooster (or a hen"s husband/a certain fowl), "leg" was only used by the vulgar (first-joint being the accepted term for a chicken leg, and second for the thigh). Other examples were a "stable horse" for a stallion; a "cow creature/Jonathan/gentleman-cow" for a bull;
Unsurprisingly, the English found the American attitude amusing.