I was at a baseball game the other day, and a long, lazy fly ball headed toward the outfield… I said “that’s a can of corn”, and most people understood that phrase to mean an easy fly ball. But it got us talking about the origin of the phrase. I remember hearing Bob Prince, the legendary Pirate announcer use it, but I doubt if he was the origin. Any ideas?
From The Seattle Times online at http://seattletimes.com/extra/browse/html97/altjust_080497.html
Ah loves the web…
“You can’t run away forever; but there’s nothing wrong with getting a good head start.” — Jim Steinman
Thanks! I’ll by the first one, and maybe even the second… but the other ones sound pretty far-fetched. One thing that seems to be true is that the more theories there are about the origin of a phrase, the more likely it is that no one really knows the true origin. But at least for now, I have a couple of reasons to give to my friends!