My lovely wife Carolyn made a discovery this weekend. The commonly used word “disgruntle,” meaning angry or dissatisfied, seemed like a word that came from another word with “dis-” added as a prefix. After consulting Webster, she found that the root of disgruntle is the word “gruntle”, meaning “to put in good humor”. Being such a fun word to say, I would like to promote the usage of the word gruntle for daily conversation.
In agriculture, there are also other words that are not commonly used but are fun to say. Some of them have fallen by the wayside due to changes in practices, others are seldom said because there is another word that is more often used in their place. However, if you are looking to expand your vocabulary, here is a list of a few of these words below.
Shoat (n.) : a young, newly weaned pig. That shoat is hogging all the feed.
Slop (v.) : to feed animals, in particular hogs. Go slop the shoats, but feed that big one by himself so he doesn’t eat the other’s feed.
Pick (v.) : to retrieve eggs from a hen’s nest. I’ve never seen anybody pick eggs with the skill and dexterity that my littlest sister exhibited.
Cockerel (n.) : a immature rooster. Please tell me you didn’t try to pick eggs in the pen of cockerels.
Capon (n.) : a castrated rooster. If that cockerel crows one more time at 4 a.m., I’ll make a capon out of him.
Beeve (n.) : a beef animal. We rounded up the beeves to take them to market.
Beefalo (n.) : a cross between a buffalo and a beeve. The beefalos grazed on the west side of the ranch.
Other fun words are out there, and if you know some feel free to share!