Wondrous Words Wednesday: buy a farm

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!

This week I’m taking a closer look to the phrase “to buy a farm” meaning “to die”. I also need to mention that this week’s post is completely husband’s work, I’m only writing it down. It was him who first saw the expression in Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers:

“This is your first drop as a non-com. […] Don’t buy a farm. You know your job; do it. Just do it. Don’t try to win a medal.”

While neither of us had ever heard the phrase, the meaning was clear from general context, and we erroneously presumed that it was a saying from the world of that novel. Then this week I was reading Bill Willingham’s Fables 9 – Sons of Empire and I saw this:

Sorry for the low image quality!

At first I didn’t understand (the scene happens in a place called “The Farm”, after all), then it clicked. And husband searched the Internet, and here’s what he found. Have a look, it’s interesting reading!


6 comments on “Wondrous Words Wednesday: buy a farm

  1. @ Peggy: you’d have to read the whole series to find out 🙂
    @ Julie: isn’t it anymore? Thanks for mentioning it. As we’ve found it twice in such a short time, I’d thought it was.

  2. It’s still pretty common where I’m from, southern Indiana and northern Kentucky; we tend to still use older forms. “Kick the bucket” is also quite common, and means the same thing.

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