Ye Olde Sturbridge Village: a made-uppe historie

Chapter IX: A note on cattle-care

Brrr! It is cold out-side! Even so, the cattle stay out-of-doors. Colonial Newe Englanders not only wanted to enjoy their traditionalle meat pies without pangs of guilt, but it was considered bad luck to have a cow inside the house. As one saying in Ye Olde Sturbridge Village went, “a cow in the house is like unto a situationne involving a bull within the confines of a china shop, with the attendant breakingge of servingge platters that one would expect, as ungulates not only lacke oppose-able thumbs but are moste ill-tempered beastes”. This was later shortened to become the popular metaphor of moderne day.