Thursday, March 01, 2007

Cash Cows

The Latin word for cattle or livestock is pecus, and before the invention of coins, in the seventh century B.C., cattle often served as a unit of account, one of the functions of money. So to be impecunious means, literally, to be without cattle. The word fee, as well, has bovine origins, coming indirectly from the Old English feoh, meaning cattle.

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