Calcium Products - By hook or by crook
Calcium Product 98G

title-blogronomist

By hook or by crook

BY HOOK OR BY CROOK

With the planting season upon us I thought this saying fitting since every year we get the crop in one way or another!

Meaning: By whatever means necessary - be they fair or foul.

Origin: The earliest citation of the phrase that is in Philip Stubbes' The Anatomie of Abuses, 1583, Either by hooke or crooke, by night or day.

It is sometimes suggested that 'by hook or by crook' derives from the custom in mediaeval England of allowing peasants to take from royal forests whatever deadwood they could pull down with a shepherd's crook or cut with a reaper's billhook.

Crooks are the curved or hooked sticks that shepherds use to catch sheep by hooking their hind legs. Hook is a synonym for crook. It is quite possible that the two words were put together to mean 'one way or another', for no better reason than the rhyming. Either that, or the 'wood gathering' derivation is correct. We may never know which.

Source: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/by-hook-or-by-crook.html
 

Farm Sayings Friday is weekly feature of Yield Starts Here. You might think your grandparents made it up, but that old saying likely goes back many years. In this feature we will figure out who said it first and what it really means! Do you have a well used saying in your family, send to us and we'll feature it in a future blog.
 
Yield Starts Here is a blog for farmers, focusing on increasing yield and profitability by focusing on the soil. It is managed by Craig Dick, a Blogronomist and Sales and Marketing Manager at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at http://blog.calciumproducts.com/ .
back to top
Blogronomist

ABOUT OUR BLOGRONOMIST PAGE

Maintained by Craig Dick, blogronomist and VP of Sales and Marketing, we have a wide array of blog articles from Craig and some expert guests on topics related to soil and crop health, farming and growing tips, and so much more. If it’s not here, ask us!

  1. Categories
  2. Archives

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007