Story: Rural language

Prime lamb

As this 1950 film shows, the expression ‘prime lamb’ began to be used even before health issues made its alternative, ‘fat lamb’, unacceptable. Both mean lamb in prime condition, ready for slaughter.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Canterbury is a hundred. National Film Unit, 1950

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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Economics and marketing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/18628/prime-lamb (accessed 15 August 2020)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008