I just split my morning between two fruitless tasks: the first an investigation of pending nuclear projects in the developing world, the second an attempt to understand naming conventions in the world of cattle breeding. My curiosity about the latter issue was piqued by news of a bull auction in North Platte, Nebraska, where bovines with such tongue-twisting names as SLGN Copperlass Tiara 7101T X SLGN Stockman 632S will soon change hands. I feel like there must be some method to the naming madness, but I don’t have nearly enough time to put in the proper research. Perhaps later in the week…
I did, however, run across this nifty breakdown of Estonian cow names. Good to see that our dairy-farming friends in the Baltics have a sense of humor about their herds:
In all, 7,161 cow names are listed. The uninspiring but solid “Mustik”, which translates roughly as “black cow”, comes out on top, accounting for well over half the total. Other popular choices include common Estonian female names, such as Ursula, Piret and Kadri.
Other monikers exhibit the “unique” Estonian brand of humour. Some 205 cows go by “Keku”, meaning someone who is vain. Thirty-five are named “Mammut” (mammoth). Whether by accident or by design, Estonian celebrities are also accounted for. The name “Kiku” appears 438 times on the list. Besides being a slang word for baby teeth, it’s also the nickname of Olympic skiing star Kristiina Shmigun.
I will not rest until a cow or bull bears the name Microkhan. That is truly the only real metric for success for these days.