[Ads-l] "snow farm", not in OED; 1970--? Bostonism?

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Feb 16 17:58:14 EST 2017


John Baker went back only to 2011; if my find is correct the Boston Globe used it in 1970.  (I see I mentioned farming as revenue gathering in the 2015 chain.)  In any case, it's good to know that people besides New Englanders talk about the weather.

Joel


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John Baker initiated a thread on "snow farm" back in March 2015 when
he offered the term as 2015 Word of the Year and listed some
citations:

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2015-March/136151.html

Other phrases were mentioned: ice farm, body farm, fuel farm.

Garson


On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 11:37 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
> Does it go back to the older sense of "to farm" as "to collect taxes, fees, etc."?
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>      From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
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> Is this a productive euphemism process?  Can we reconceptualize automobile junkyards “car farms”?  And town dumps “garbage farms”?  And sewers “underwater waste farms”?  Who says farming is in trouble?
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> LH
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>> On Feb 16, 2017, at 11:23 AM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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>> A quick peek into the Boston Globe shows an instance on Jan. 21,1970, in a picture caption:
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>> "Boston's snow farm in the Seaport District kept getting bigger."
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>> Another winter storm slams Boston (Photo 4 of 57) - Pictures - The Boston Globe
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>> And there are many instances from the notorious season of 2014--2015.
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>> Google Books seems tedious, since (as far as I know) it doesn't respect capitalization.
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>> The "Lexicon" column in today's Boston Globe defines it as "Where blizzards go to die."  Is it a Bostonism?
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