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Quote of the Day
To acknowledge the corn - 
   This purely American expression means to admit the losing of an
   argument, especially in regard to a detail; to retract; to admit
   defeat.  It is over a hundred years old.  Andrew Stewart, a member
   of Congress, is said to have mentioned it in a speech in 1828. He
   said that haystacks and cornfields were sent by Indiana, Ohio and
   Kentucky to Philadelphia and New York.  Charles A. Wickliffe, a
   member from Kentucky questioned the statement by commenting that
   haystacks and cornfields could not walk.  Stewart then pointed out
   that he did not mean literal haystacks and cornfields, but the
   horses, mules, and hogs for which the hay and corn were raised.
   Wickliffe then rose to his feet, and said, "Mr. Speaker, I
   acknowledge the corn"
           - Funk, Earle.  "A Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions"

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