Posted by AJ on February 24, 2005
My mother used this term all the time when I was a kid. I searched for the phrase "Leaning towards Fisher's" and several permutations (fishers vs. fisher's, toward, to, towards, etc.) with no success on Google and the OED.
I found only one reference, and I've corresponded with her; she's at Penn State, and also has no ideas as to the origins. My mother is from central Pennsylvania (Defiance, PA), and says it was common to the area. I don't suppose it was common to anywhere else.
I doubt anything dramatic will come up, but if anyone has any information as to the origins of this phrase, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!