peasant vs pheasant : Common Errors in English

About peasant vs pheasant

When I visited the former Soviet Union I was astonished to learn that farmworkers were still called “peasants” there. In English-speaking countries we tend to think of the term as belonging strictly to the feudal era. However you use it, don’t confuse it with “pheasant,” a favorite game bird. Use the sound of the beginning consonants to remind you of the difference: pheasants are food, peasants are people.

peasant Meaning(s)

  • (n) a country person
  • (n) one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers
  • (n) a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

pheasant Meaning(s)

  • (n) large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
  • (n) flesh of a pheasant; usually braised

peasant in News

  1. Public safety director identifies man seriously injured in oil explosion as Clare County man

    Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety Mike Jester has identified the 32-year-old man injured in the explosion as Greg Peacock, of Farwell in Clare County. He works for B and H Trucking Company out of Mt. Peasant.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Jackson Citizen Patriot

  2. ‘The Dark Road,’ a Novel by Ma Jian

    Ma Jian’s new novel, “The Dark Road,” follows members of a Chinese peasant family as they go on the run, evading population enforcers and hoping to give birth to a son.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: International Herald Tribune

pheasant in News

  1. Allegany County Pheasant Program progressing

    Exactly 813 pheasant chicks were transferred from the brood house at the Allegany County Jail into the outdoor flyway last Tuesday. The Allegany County Pheasant Program expects another batch of birds to arrive this Tuesday.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Hornell Evening Tribune

  2. Fire in Waukesha County destroys barn at game farm, thousands of pheasant chicks

    TOWN OF GENESSE, Wis. †Officials say a fire at a game farm and hunt club in Waukesha County has destroyed a barn and killed thousands of pheasant chicks.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  3. Pheasant farm in Town of Genesee damaged following fire

    TOWN OF GENESEE (WITI) — Multiple fire crews responded to the scene of a fire at a pheasant farm on...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: FOX 6 Milwaukee

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