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Milk the Billy goat


Billy goat

Don't try milking a Billy goat... Image via Wikipedia


I’m originally from Albuquerque, which is a good size city.

The [host] town I was living in was really rural – a barn full of cows less than a block away.  Around October, we were at a family gathering and they were giving me hard time about being a city girl.

“You don’t know anything about rural life.”

I said, “That’s not true, I’ve milked Billy goats before.”

But I didn’t know that I didn’t know the gender difference in the words for goats.  My grandparents had a farm and of course I had milked a goat and cows and had done some of these things.  So I trying very hard to reassure them that clearly I wasn’t some city girl that had no idea.

Of course, it didn’t come out as well as I had hoped, proving their point.  I said I milked a Ziegenbock, which is a Billy goat.  I had basically said I milked a male goat, not a female goat.

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