A conversation between Lyd and me at supper tonight (JJ wasn’t there):
L: Mom, how do you dead a chicken?
E: (hoping I mis-heard her) How do you what?
L: (pausing a moment) How do you kill a chicken?
E: How do you kill a chicken? You mean so you can eat it?
E: Well, you use a big knife called an axe and you cut off its head.
L: (another pause) How do you kill a cow?
E: (not excited about where this conversation is going) Oh, I don’t know, umm, well, ah, umm…
L: Do you cut off its head?
E: (thinking to myself, How do I explain about cutting the jugular? Or shooting it in the head with a gun?) No, I don’t think you cut off its head. I’m not exactly sure how you kill a cow.
L: (after another pause) How do you kill a pig?