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Showing my age perhaps but I recently referred to a young woman whose family I have known for several generations as being from good stock.

I considered it to be a compliment to her but the look on her face was one of confusion I think.

Has this phrase gone out of fashion to the point of being offensive? I

  • If a person hasn't heard the term before (or hasn't heard it used matter-of-factly for humans), the cattle/horse connection is easy to spot. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 12 '17 at 22:22
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    Considered offensive by who, in what contexts? Primarily opinion-based. – Drew Aug 12 '17 at 22:30
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    The character who was offended in the example of @vpn was black, and probably had slaves in her ancestry. So she was understandably offended. "Of good stock" is an old-fashioned phrase, and can mean "came from hard-working, good people" or can be code for "came from our sort of people." – ab2 Aug 13 '17 at 0:02
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    @Drew By whom. – Black and White Aug 13 '17 at 1:57
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    @EdnaMode: A lot of us are pretty outdated and will no doubt soon go the way of wherein. – Drew Aug 13 '17 at 5:11

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