Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0767. Sunday, 2 October 1994.
From: Piers Lewis <
Date: Thursday, 29 Sep 1994 15:51:43 -0600
Subject: 5.0753 Re: Slang Quibble
Comment: Re: SHK 5.0753 Re: Slang Quibble
>Re the recent comment on "buying the farm" being a slang expression that was a
>>product< of the Korean war: maybe I'm mistaken, but I thought the expression
>originated among bush pilots and early aviators when they would crash into a
>plowed field or barn and then have to literally buy the farm (that is, if they
>had not actually BOUGHT the farm in the process).
The point is, you buy the farm, and own it free and clear, when your life
insurance pays off the mortgage. It's a joke in other words.