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  • Writer's pictureChris Cisneros

Deer Kentucky

Updated: May 5, 2018

Mention the fifth of May and most people instantly think of War’s "Cinco de Mayo"

or Corona beer specials.

But I'm not going to talk about that. It's too cliché. Instead, I'd rather show off my etymological acumen on the other big event taking place today — the Kentucky Derby.

So, let's stop horsing around and get to the point.

The word 'derby' has zero to do with horses.

Okay, sure — we know derby has to do with a race involving horses. However, it originates from the Old English word 'deorby', meaning "deer village".

The reason it's called a derby, I believe, is probably because the inaugural race took place on or near a deer habitat. Hence the title.

You can learn more about the origin of the derby here.

If I ever have a horse in the Kentucky Derby, I’m going to name it Bambi, out of respect.

Middle name, Thumper.


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