A faint, surprising Hebridean echo of the exaggerated value of cattle can still be heard in the Gaelic language. On the Isle of Lewis and elsewhere in the west the most effusive term of endearment available is m'eudail. Literally it means "my cattle."
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Oh My Darling, My Cattle. . .
After describing the great importance of cattle in the culture of Iron Age Britain, Alistair Moffat writes,