Is Shorthorn a lang word?

Lazarakis   Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:17 am GMT
I read "Hey, Shorthorn. What president or politician would you trust with your money?..." from

My dictionary says shorthorn is "an English breed of short-horned cattle". Why would the writer use "shorthorn" here? Does it refer to a specific kind of person?
Melissa   Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:38 am GMT
was that an american who wrote it? because in american slang the word "shorthorn" means "novice, beginner".
Lazarakis   Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:33 pm GMT
Hmmm...I think it was. Because the context looks like:

responsible american said...

Hey, Shorthorn. What president or politician would you trust with your money? Can you handle your own money, or do you need someone else to step in for your incompetency? Where you and I differ is that I don't care if it were Bush or your supreme socialist leader, I don't trust any politician with my money, PERIOD.

Any ideas? *_* I am under the impression I've also read the word (also refered to a person like the example here) before but couldn't really get the idea...
Uriel   Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:41 am GMT
<<because in american slang the word "shorthorn" means "novice, beginner". >>

No, it doesn't. I think you mean "greenhorn", Melissa. Shorthorn only refers to the cattle in the US.
Mellissa   Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:47 am GMT
Uriel, yes, it does. "SHORTHORN" is an american slang word used for newcomers. i have also heard it being used in the above-mentioned meaning.
Melissa   Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:50 am GMT
Oh well, maybe people who used that word did not speak correct american english... but that's what's called slang, right?
Uriel   Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:04 am GMT
Well, I'm American and I've never heard it used that way, not even as slang. The word is "greenhorn".
Geoff_One   Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:09 am GMT
I agree with Uriel.
Uriel   Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:10 am GMT
So does the dictionary:

green·horn (grēn'hôrn')

An inexperienced or immature person, especially one who is easily deceived.

A newcomer, especially one who is unfamiliar with the ways of a place or group.

[Middle English greene horn, horn of a newly slaughtered animal : grene, green; see green + horn, horn; see horn.]
Uriel   Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:11 am GMT
But for "shorthorn", all it says is:

short·horn (shôrt'hôrn')

Any of a breed of beef or dairy cattle that originated in northern England, having short curved horns or no horns and usually red, white, or roan in color. Also called Durham.
Guest   Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:48 pm GMT

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