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Fun Fact July 28, 2020.

28 July 2020

We haven’t done one of these in a while, so today we have a tough row to hoe.  Or you may have heard the saying a hard row to hoe.  Either way, it means that things are going to be difficult.  The idiom is used to describe a task that a person or persons is about to embark on and uses the analogy of working in a field, using a hoe to cultivate crops, one row at a time by hand.  If you’ve ever hoed a garden you know that some rows are easier to work than others.  When faced with a dozen or more rows of let’s say potatoes and it’s your job to get rid of the weeds and hill up the individual plants, you will no doubt encounter a tough row to hoe.  The origin of the saying in not clear, but does have reference as far back as 1818 and is American agricultural in nature.  You may have heard it stated as a tough rode to ho.  That particular saying has nautical roots.  A rode is a length of rope attached to an anchor and to “ho” is to pull a rope.  As in heave ho.  Here’s hoping all the rows or rodes you have tare easy.

Fun Fact July 28, 2020.