When it comes to doing yard work here in southeast Minnesota, I’ve noticed there are two kinds of people: Those who ‘mow the lawn’ and those who ‘cut the grass.’ 

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So which one’s correct? I find myself saying, ‘mow the lawn’ most often. I think I probably got it from my dad, when he first showed me how to use the lawn mower some 30-plus years ago.

In fact, when I was a kid, I used to think people were saying they were going to use the ‘lawn more’ to ‘mow the lawn’. (Go ahead and say it to yourself right now. ‘Lawn mower’ sure sounds like ‘lawn more’ if you say it fast enough, doesn’t it?)

I also think, though, that ‘mowing the lawn’ is probably more accurate than ‘cutting the grass’. I mean, you use a lawn mower, don’t you? So, it only follows, then, that you would be ‘mowing the lawn.’ You don’t power up the ‘grass cutter,’ do you?

Come to think of it, though, neither of those phrases is the most accurate, at least when it comes to the yard work at our house. ‘Chop down the weeds’ probably comes closest.

So, what say you?

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