Monday, April 30, 2012
Talking to a mule
For most people living today who are at all familiar with the terms the expressions are largely vestigial, used in a manner that may relate to their original meanings but not obviously so. Someone giving a pep talk to a group may say "we're going to have to Gee and Haw," meaning keep on course or keep on task. A farmer plowing with a team of mules or horses might have been heard to call "Gee" or "Haw" repeatedly as the plow moved down the furrow, making small course corrections along the way to keep the furrows straight. Or someone who is confused might be said to "not know whether to Gee or Haw."
Then there's this painted on a water tower in nearby Allardt, Tennessee.
Would you believe there's a crossroad just ahead?