Sir Walter Scott remarks that live cattle go by Saxon
names, and slain meat by Norman-French, a standing evidence
that the Normans were the lords who ate the meat, and the Saxons the
serfs who tended the cattle. Examples:
Sheep Ox Calf Hog Pig (Saxon).
Mutton Beef Veal Bacon Pork (Norman-French).
Food of the gods.
(See Ambrosia, Nectar.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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