Soybean South :: From the Editor

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Another Way To Say It:
‘Comma To Da Top’

By Carroll Smith

Although 2009 was a frightful year on many fronts, 2010 already has a more hopeful, lighthearted, something-to-cheer-about quality to it. For one thing, people adopted the Saints as the “nation’s team,” and the crew from New Orleans went on to win the Super Bowl.

The phrase “Who Dat,” which prior to the big game’s frenzy was rarely heard outside of Louisiana, became synonymous with “a Saints’ fan” – just a more colorful, fun way of putting it.

Another Southern colloquialism also is gaining ground via YouTube, a video-sharing Web site on which users can upload and share videos. In fact, it has become one of the most popular Internet sites worldwide. Recently, word-of-mouth buzz, emails between friends, Facebook posts and tweets on Twitter have tagged Cajun OnStar as a must-see YouTube video.

The content of the short clip shows Nock Chauz, a young Cajun man from Louisiana with a heavy accent, trying to get driving directions from an OnStar representative. Needless to say, communication between the two is difficult, but, as a spoof, is hilarious. In an effort to help out the OnStar guy, Chauz names off local landmarks that obviously don’t appear on OnStar’s maps. At one point, he references Booth’s store, and when the OnStar rep can’t understand what he is saying, he spells it for him: B-o-o-t-h-comma to da top-s.

In the South, most everyone would recognize that “comma to da top” is just another way to say “apostrophe.” Now, well over half a million folks around the world who have viewed the video will be privy to this knowledge.

The same phenomenon – using “insider slang” for a proper name or object – also exists in the ag industry. For example, it’s not uncommon to hear one farmer ask another if he is red or green, and both know exactly what the question means. It’s the ag circle’s way of referring to equipment brands: John Deere – green; Case – red. Just another way to say it.

We also use words like turnrow, ice-cream land and hands – all part of the everyday language of agriculture.

By this time, you‘re probably wondering what all of this has to do with soybeans. The answer? Absolutely nothing. I’m a firm believer in mixing in a little fun with work to lower the stress level. It’s a healthy outlet that everyone should take advantage of.

On the “work” side, though, this issue of Soybean South contains a lot of useful information that you can apply during the 2010 growing season.

Dr. Ron Levy offers tips to reduce risk and achieve a profitable dividend. Other feature articles address weed control – particularly volunteer corn and Palmer amaranth – and new nutrient technology that is being introduced in the South this year. Also check out Industry News and University of Missouri(comma to da top)s Melvin Brees’ commentary on soybean marketing.

2010 – Enjoy!