2 thoughts on “Ted Chiang’s polymathic story bombs

  1. I hope no American would talk of a steer (a gelded male) when he means a cow (a female) either. That’s just a mistake, not an Americanism.


    1. I did research this, and it seems to me the only usages of ‘steer’ in the bovine sense are in North American contexts. I’ve been going to UK agricultural shows and cattle shows for decades and have never heard a British farmer say ‘steer’ except in the tractor sense.


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