Posted by Bill Davis on February 27, 2004
In Reply to: Nut cutting time posted by Henry on February 27, 2004
I think I came across that passage in an intense googling for the phrase. But your suggestion that it means harvest time is just surmise, it seems to me. I need something that sounds more authoritative. The contexts I have heard it used in are such as to suggest more of hard times, hard choices, time to move. That could me time to harvest, but who knows. There was a reference to children maturing and leaving their toys and nuts behind. And then I was thinking that as the available food waned, that the nuts needed to be cut rather than eaten whole. I use the phrase to mean it is time to make the really serious decision, or the matter has come to a head. When I do, I cringe as I realize some folks think it refers to gelding or castration. Any takers on this? Where does the phrase originate? Come on folks!