OK, so you don't care for the W.O.O.D. feature? Doesn't mean I won't keep using the "open" feature of Open Salon to continue the series, a series that is, to my mind, both serendipitous and synchronous.
That is, when I run across something that crosses my eyes, I'll feel free to upload a post.
We are far removed from an agricultural society. Very few of us grow our own food. OS probably has a higher percentage of locavores than the run-of-the-mill online network, but still, how many of us know where our food comes from? and what it takes to get it to the table?
I don't grow my own food. I do support community supported agriculture and I crave locally grown food in season. I honor the idea of slow food in the only way I can.
That's a long, slow introduction to today's W.O.O.D.
Sowing. To spread or plant seed. In the non-ag vernacular, the proper expression is "sowing his wild oats," although it's understandable that some who use the expression orally might neglect to remember that the expression has a history - and mistakenly talk about someone "sewing" wild oats.
From the free dictionary: to do wild and foolish things in one's youth. (often assumed to have some sort of sexual meaning.)
According to Phraseology: Thousands of Bizarre Origins, Unexpected Connections, and Fascinating Facts About English's Best Expressions, by Barbara Ann Kipfer, wild oats are relatively worthless weeds, so the idiom represents the planting of worthless seeds.
When using idioms, don't be an idiot. Find out why the idiom exists before you use it. It's really not that hard.
BONUS: The original meaning and usage of the word "broadcasting" was related to a particular method of sowing seed - that is, spreading the seed in wide parabolic arcs as the sower proceeded down the row.
DOUBLE BONUS: That's the same "row" that is often hard to hoe. Is it most definitely not a "hard road to hoe."
TRIPLE BONUS: de-finite. Next time you're confused about how to spell definitely (for example, the all too common definately), just remember that you are discussing something that is FINITE, or finished. Unless you're Finnish.