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Piggy Banks

Why do we have piggy banks instead of any other kind of farm animal banks? In Scotland and Northern England, a kind of Middle Ages earthenware container called pygg. Today we fill our piggs, or piggy banks, with coins. This is part of a complete...

shot berry

shot berry  n.— «I spoke to Paul Vossen, Sonoma County farm adviser, about your question. He says that your olives are producing what is known as “shot berries,” tiny fruit that isn’t pollinated and then drops from the tree...

dirt diving

dirt diving  n.— «Tucked away on a long driveway, just after a donkey farm, is Vermont Skydiving Adventures (VSA).…Last Friday, four regulars were “dirt diving,” the term for practicing maneuvers on the ground. They were planning on...

small wind

small wind  n.— «While a county-funded wind-testing project is about to begin, the first three months of data from an unrelated wind project at farms near Deerfield and Blissfield was collected Thursday.…The program is focused on...

rent-a-cow

rent-a-cow attrib. indicating a situation in which livestock are deceitfully used to make a residential or commercial property qualify as a working farm or ranch in order to benefit from an agricultural tax provision or subsidy. Editorial Note:...

spear carrier

spear carrier  n.— «They are “Spear Carriers” which in movie parlance, is the expendable personel who always buy the farm in the battle scenes. I know a couple stunt guys and extras who have made their careers out of being able...