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"This Neck Of The Woods"

Posted by ESC on February 22, 2000

In Reply to: "This Neck Of The Woods" posted by Herb Heesch on February 22, 2000

: What is the origin of the phrase "In your neck of the woods" or "In this neck of the woods"?

Here's my theory. In the country, there aren't any street addresses. So you literally use landmarks to refer to where a person lives. Up in your neck of the woods or up the holler. On the mountain. Down on the river.