In Reply to: Re: Cow pat posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 14, 2009 at 22:09:
: : : : : Where does the term cow 'pat' come from?
: : : : A pat is a lump of soft material formed by patting it into shape - a pat of butter for example. A cow pat is just a bovine version of that.
: : : When it lands splat, it's a pat. I read that stepping in a cow pat, in certain parts of the U.S., is called "cutting your foot." I'm guessing it's less embarrassing to say you've cut your foot rather than admit to stepping in cow poo.
: : In my world growing up one occasionally heard of or read about a cow pattie, but the normal word was cow pie. When we played baseball out in the back pasture, hardened or dried cow pies were used as bases.
: : SS
: "Cowpat" was and is the standard term in SE England where I come from, and would be accepted as normal anywhere in Rightpondia. (VSD)
In West Virginia, it was most commonly "cow pile." Great Aunt Annie Turner, comparing young women who make poor choices with butterflies, said, "Fly all around the pretty little flowers and land on a cow pile."