[Ads-l] Early WOTY Contender: Snow Farm

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 3 14:14:24 UTC 2015


This use of "farm" to mean a "large outdoor storage facility" goes back to
at least the '60s, even if "snow farm" is more recent.

Fuel storage facilities ("fuel farms") may have been the first to be so
designated.

JL

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 11:41 AM, Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:

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> I connected "snow farm" with "body farm": a place where they go to
> decay, disintegrate, and disappear.
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> ---Amy West
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> On 3/2/15 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> > Date:    Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:59:27 -0500
> > From:    ADSGarson O'Toole<adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM>
> > Subject: Re: Early WOTY Contender: Snow Farm
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> > Reminiscent of a term that is now largely obsolete:
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> > The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1911 edition)
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> > [Begin excerpt]
> > ice farm
> >
> > n. A body of water with the necessary buildings devoted to the
> > production of ice for the market; in India, a place where ice is
> > obtained by allowing water to freeze at night, in shallow earthenware
> > pans. Sci. Amer., Jan. 25, 1908, p. 58.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > They  just need to find a paying market for blocks of snow.
> > Garson
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