Words retain their etymology for a long time. ‘Herd’ and ‘shepherd,’ when used as verbs, are such words. Their association with sheep and goats is known quite well, and used even by urbanites not very familiar with rural life. Urbanites like newspersons, who have rightly used the verbs to describe AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala’s bid to save her MLAs from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.
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