green behind the ears

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Oct 15 21:05:57 UTC 2008

Some of you may have noticed Barack Obama use the peculiar expression "green
behind the ears" in the Oct. 7 presidential debate. I explored the history of
the phrase in my Word Routes column, with a follow-up on Language Log:

--Ben Zimmer

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