"His feet are in the cornfield"?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 4 00:25:16 UTC 2014

Via Ben Zimmer:

"1906 Nov 23 _Wilkes-Barre (Penn.) Times_ 7/1 "Step on the old man's
feet," said the Kid [sc. Kid McCoy to Jack O'Brien]. "_His feet are in
the cornfield_, and you will get his goat more by keeping on top of
them all the time than by stabbing him in the food chopper."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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