When I was down at Loyola Marymount for college, my freshman year I got put with a random roommate, miss Ashlee. She was a city gal from San Diego, who did have some roots in farming but for the most part, my life was very foreign. We are still very close friends to this day, it was a great random assignment. But I remember very vividly the first few months and even still today she will stop me mid-sentence and say, “Ok quit talking Farm Talk, I have no clue what you just said!” I never thought of how I talked to be “farm-ish”, honestly there are many times on the farm that I’m lost as to what to call things still today. I use “that thingy over there”, or “You know that deal that rolls, with the notches, and the whoop.” So I thought I would put together a small piece of translation so when you come out to visit, you can bring your dictionary for “Farm Talk”
Rig – any vehicle that you drive
Truck – A semi-truck of sorts, NOT A PICK-UP
Pick-up – If you’re smart it’s your Ford…if you’re not it’s your Dodge or Chevy
Jockey Box – Glove box
Creek – pronounced Crick, small trickle of water that runs below our farm
Baby Grass – A first year grass seed field
Yellow – Our Yellow Truck
Blue – Our blue truck (seeing a pattern here?)
Mojo – The ’67 Ford that was bought new and still runs like a champ
Lean To – Any building that is open on one side and connected to a shop or fully enclosed structure. If you have a shop, or any building you have to throw up a lean to, I’m not kidding. Even my house has a lean to!
“To Town” – If you go to this place, always ask everyone if they need anything, town is not close and fuel isn’t cheap
“Beep Me” – We use direct connect, or basically walkie talkie each other…Niner Niner
Tile Suck-out – When the tiles that are underground that we use to help the soil drain, break. It causes a HUGE hole in the ground and has to be flagged so that we don’t loose a tractor in a hole.
Anchor – corner post for your fence, not for your boat.
Slicker than a hog on Ice – be careful whatever it is, it’s slippery!
Romeos – Comfortable slipper looking shoes, great for work and everyone has them
Pop – It’s not soda, it’s not cola, it’s not even Coke…it’s Pop!
Oregon – Now this is important…it’s pronounced OR-GUN…not OR-EY-GONE
Most important thing to know – How much Rain did you get yesterday?
Farmer’s Tan – The reason when I put my arms next to my legs after summer, it resembles a ying yang sign.
What do you think…did I miss anything?? Anymore “Farm Talk” on your farms??