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What is the difference between shepherding and sheepherding (sheep herding?)?

What is the difference between shepherd and sheepherder?

I had only heard shepherd until I found sheepherder on a page on the California minimum wage.

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It's "sheepherder", not "sheephearder". –  Peter Shor Oct 3 '11 at 20:05
    
Thanks for the corrections. Editing grammar takes on a whole new meaning here compared to the other SE sites! :) –  jrdioko Oct 3 '11 at 20:53
    
@Peter - unless it's a person hired to listen to sheep baa ! –  mgb Oct 3 '11 at 21:40

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What is the difference between a shepherd and a sheepherder?

Sheep-herder is "a person who herds sheep in large numbers in unfenced country." It is a word used in USA.
A shepherd is "a person employed to guard, tend, and herd sheep, esecially at pasture; a member of a pastoral people herding and usually owning sheep, etc." Sheperd can also be used in figurative sense as in, "Then the shepherd read, explaining a portion of Scripture."

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Shepherding is also widely used in a general sense of guiding, helping or looking after. "He shepherded his grandmother through the process of upgrading her PC."

"Sheepherding" is strictly managing actual sheep.

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Well, I never heard "so and so shepherded him to do so and so" sentence, thats for sure.... –  Sȱɳɨȼ Ʈħe ǶḝÐɠḝħȱɠ Oct 4 '11 at 1:40
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@SonicTheHedgehog: That usage is fairly poetic or archaic and not used often, but it is a valid metaphor. It is used a lot in the Bible, for example. –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Oct 4 '11 at 2:29

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