Happy 22nd Birthday, Robby!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Spent the evening down in McMinnville to celebrate. My parents put together a huge dinner that was delicious. Samuel ate 3 half-sized cobs of corn! Or, corn on the cobs, I suppose is how it's said. The pluralization takes place on the cob, and corn on the cobs sounded weird...so, cobs of corn it is. Now that I think about it, cob is a strange word. Cob web, cob of corn...I really should look up cob in the dictionary.

Yep, it's just as I suspected...a strange word with strange definitions indeed:

Main Entry: cob
Pronunciation: 'käb
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English cobbe leader of a group, head; probably akin to cub (young animal), Middle English kebbe old cow or sheep, Dutch dialect kabbe, kebbe piglet
1 [perhaps short for cobswan lead swan] : a male swan
2 a dialect England : a rounded mass, lump, or heap b : a mixture of unburnt clay and straw used especially for constructing walls of small houses in England
3 : a crudely struck old Spanish coin of irregular shape
4 : CORNCOB 1
5 : a stocky short-legged riding horse

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cob

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