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"You fell for his gag like a corn husker from the wide open spaces."

What does the quotes above mean? Is ti a common usage?

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I suspect it means that the person is unsophisticated/naif. It will be American in origin.
Feebs11I suspect it means that the person is unsophisticated/naif. It will be American in origin.
American, indeed. In fact, Nebraska, to be exact. I think one of their sports teams is the Corn Huskers (U of Nebraska?).
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But not common. If you said "Cornhusker" to me, I would think ONLY of the Univeristy of Nebraska sports teams. I would not think of an unsophisticated person, as it seems meant to imply.
Grammar GeekBut not common. If you said "Cornhusker" to me, I would think ONLY of the Univeristy of Nebraska sports teams. I would not think of an unsophisticated person, as it seems meant to imply.
Stereotypes are sometimes hard to live down. I'm certain that in Nebraska a "corn husker" is looked upon quite favorably, contributing to the agricultural health of the nation.
But Philip, have you ever heard it used outside of referring to Univ. of Nebraska? Remember, the original quote was: "You fell for his gag like a corn husker from the wide open spaces." I have never heard such a thing. I'm not saying that *I* take it to mean an unsophisticated person - I take it only as a sports team.
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Grammar GeekBut Philip, have you ever heard it used outside of referring to Univ. of Nebraska? Remember, the original quote was: "You fell for his gag like a corn husker from the wide open spaces." I have never heard such a thing. I'm not saying that *I* take it to mean an unsophisticated person - I take it only as a sports team.

I am certain that the original quote was meant to be perjorative. I have no idea how commonly it is used.
Well, if you on the west coast don't use it, and I on the east coast don't use it - either the people in Ohio used it to insult the people in Nebraska (a Big 10 thing maybe Emotion: smile ) or it's just not used, I guess.
Grammar GeekWell, if you on the west coast don't use it, and I on the east coast don't use it - either the people in Ohio used it to insult the people in Nebraska (a Big 10 thing maybe Emotion: smile ) or it's just not used, I guess.

I find it difficult, if not impossible, to argue with your logic! Emotion: big smile
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