Verns wrote:deldaisy wrote:I read a book somewhere years ago about how different languages say "Meow" for a cat, and "Cock-a-doodle-do" for a rooster. (Yes those are the english versions). OOK is what TP means an orangutan to say. So maybe it is different in Chinese? Maybe you say meow and cock-a-doodle-do differently too? Maybe you could explain it to your friends like that.
Good point, del. It never occurred to me that 'ook' meant anything other than orangutan speak. I've forgotten where I read it, but doesn't somebody (probably Tiffany Aching) get cross because people say a sheep goes 'baa' when it actually goes 'maa'?
This is where we need btlfannz, the sheep expert, to voice an opinion.
Speaking as someone who had sheep as a kid Verns... Lambs tend to go Maaaa.... and sheep go Baaaa and Maaaaa. (you can even recognise them by their call (well when you have a four or five; and not 20,000 you can).