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Re: Slang Quibble
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No.0753.  Wednesday, 28 Sept. 1994.
 
From:           Ellen Edgerton <EBEDGERT%
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Date:           Monday, 26 Sep 1994 09:45 ET
Subject:        A quibble on battle slang
 
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).
 

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