Does it do what it says it does?

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Today’s Word of the Day is cowcatcher which means, “a frame on the front of a locomotive.” I’ve seen them countless times on old-timey trains, not to mention a variation of them on the front of subway trains in Chicago and New York, but nowadays I think they’re used more for clearing snow off the tracks than, you know, catching cows. I’d think if a train was moving fast enough with one of those things on the front, it wouldn’t catch the cow so much as turn it into ground beef. Maybe back in ye olden days, that’s what said frame was used for, but I can’t imagine there’s much demand for that now.

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