a bellowing cow soon forgets her calf

An excessive show of grief (at a bereavement) quickly passes. Cf. 1553 T. WILSON Art of Rhetoric 42 The Cowe lackyng her Caulfe, leaueth Loweyng within three or foure daies at the farthest.

1895 S. O. ADDY Household Tales 142 In the East Riding they say, ‘A bletherin’ coo soon forgets her calf,’ meaning that excessive grief does not last long.

1928 London Mercury Feb. 439 Common proverb in the West Country is ‘A belving cow soon forgets her calf.

1945 F. THOMPSON Lark Rise xxxiv. When a woman, newly widowed, had tried to throw herself into her husband’s grave at his funeral..some one..said drily..‘Ah, you wait. The bellowing cow’s always the first to forget its calf.’


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