Howdy folks, it’s time for us to knock ‘round this special farming lingo quiz. After you’ve finished clearing the watercourses and cut brush from the terraces, we’ll get on up to that one-horse town and see what’s crackin’. Can you cut through the weeds of this farming slang quiz?
If you’re a farmer, you know you’re “in for it.” The farming life is by no means for everyone. It requires dedication, hard work and a combination of natural instincts paired with business sense. Many small farmers simply can’t hack it, and retreat to city life. Others stick it out “in the sticks” and learn to pull crops with the best of them come harvest time. Can you recall some of the more obscure terms and phrases from farm life?
Those spent hens and dry cows are giving you fits. What will you do with them, especially when you’re already struggling with a hailed out back 40? That Jimmy-rigged combine is only going to last so long, and then how will you pay back the bank?
Are you a true farmer or just a boot-lickin’ wannabe? Time to cut beans and make hay with this farm lingo quiz!
Farm life moves at its own pace, one that's often slow and purposeful. If a farmer says he'll be along to do something "in a minute or two," it could be an hour.
In rural areas, "catty corner" is a very common term. It means the opposite corner of something, perhaps on the other side of the street, or on the opposite side of the field.
You can't harvest hay until it's dry. So farmers cut hay and leave it in the sun while they can, returning later to bale it.
Profitable farms are busy places and there's no room for lollygagging. Because if you are, you're wasting time.
Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs around. It's nothing for a farmer to "get dinged up a little," perhaps with a broken bone, and keep right on working as if nothing happened.
Country dogs attract ticks by the dozens or hundreds. So if something -- say weeds -- are common, they are as numerous as ticks.
Dry cows are those that aren't currently producing milk. This typically refers to cows that are about to have calves and are thus not being used for milking purposes.
Farmers can fix anything … by any means necessary. Fixing things in a creative fashion means you're Jimmy (or Jerry) rigging something.
You bet that it's not walking distance. In the country, "just down the road" could be 5 miles … or 30 miles.
Some dairy farmers have show cows that they take from expo to expo in hopes of winning a prize. If it's time to "put on her wedding clothes," you're getting that cow ready to show.
Clod hoppers are those big shoes or boots that farmers wear all the time. With clod hoppers, you can stomp your way through dirt clods with reckless abandon.
In farming, everyone knows what heifers are. They're the female cows. And you can try to herd them up by hand ... but good luck with that.
No one is entirely sure where this one comes from. But to "get someone's goat" means you've annoyed or angered them.
In farming, "A.I." has nothing to do with artificial intelligence. It's artificial insemination, which is critical to the breeding of various livestock.
For dairy famers, the "ladies" are a livelihood. They are the milk cows that make the business go.
"Jimmy got his knee tore up trying to pull that tractor out of the muck. He's in the ER as we speak." "Tore up" means totally ruined.
"Fresh cows" are those that just gave birth to little calves. Farmers keep an eye on fresh cows because their immune systems are vulnerable for a few weeks after the trials of labor.
As farm animals age, they're often no longer useful for work, but farmers still keep them around. The animals are "put out to pasture."
If you're always talking the hind leg off a donkey, you may need to work on your active listening skills. Because you talk way too much.
The parlor is the part of the dairy where the cows are milked. Modern dairies have amazing machines that do the hard work in the parlor.
Farming leaves no room for excuses. You have to get things done by hook or by crook -- by any means necessary -- or there will be hell to pay.
"In a pig's eye!" If someone says this to you, you can bet that they strongly disagree with whatever it is you're saying or doing.
"Get up with" means to get together with someone. "Yeah, me and Mabel are gonna get up with the neighbors down the way. We ain't seen 'em since harvest."
"He plowed that field on a lick and promise! He did such a terrible, careless job that I'm going to have to redo it for him."
If you're going to a one-horse town, you probably won't even see a streetlight. Because "one-horse" means it's very small.
On many farms, farmers hope for as many pregnant cows as possible during the growing season. "Open" cows are those heifers that aren't pregnant, for any number of reasons.
Hogs are know for their love of flopping around in a quagmire. So if you're happy as a pig in mud, you're very happy indeeed.
Everyone, including city folks, eventually "buys the farm." It means they're going to die.
The "back 40" is slang for a section of land far from the house. If you have to make a trip to the back 40, it's gonna be a while before you return.
If someone tells you to "keep it dry," it has nothing to do with moisture. It simply means you should keep something secret.
"Check out that strapper, he can really make that animal move!" At dairy expos, strappers are the men or women who do the best job of showing off their prized specimens.
"Ah Billy, how do?" "How do" means "how do you do," and it's a common rural expression.
In some places it's also called "noodling." "Hogging" means feeling around in creeks -- with your hands -- for catfish.
"Gussied up" means to get dressed up. "Wow, look at Martha all gussied up. Looks like she's going to a fancy party in Missoula."
Cows aren't known for being punctual. So if someone says you'll have to wait "until the cows come home," you're going to be waiting for a long time.