peasant vs pheasant : Common Errors in English

peasant or 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.
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  • 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

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