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“We broadcast salt on the hay

after putting it in the barn.”

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A woodcutter explains

what “broadcasting”

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really means.

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For more use the DOOR.

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   First, let’s broadcast some salt on the words that follow:

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   “You did what?” I asked the man sitting at the next table.

   “I broadcast salt on the hay,” he repeated, adjusting his John Deere baseball cap¹.

   “Broadcast?” I returned, setting my reading aside. “What did you really do in that barn?”

   “I got the first layer of rectangular bales ready for the next one. That’s what my grandfather told me to do.”

   “And why?”

   “It keeps ‘em fresher. Probably makes the cows a little thirstier, too.”

   So I was introduced to the real history of “broadcasting”–which the Oxford Dictionary on my computer confirms. Here it is (with a few parts deleted).

broadcast |ˈbrôdˌkast|
verb ( past and past participle broadcast ) [ with obj. ]
(1) transmit (a program or some information) by radio or television: the announcement was broadcast live | (as noun broadcasting) : the 1920s saw the dawn of broadcasting.
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(2) scatter (seeds) by hand or machine rather than placing in drills or rows.

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by scattering: green manure can be sown broadcast or in rows.

ORIGIN mid 18th cent. (in the sense ‘sown by scattering’): from broad + the past participle of cast. Senses relating to radio and television date from the early 20th cent.

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   Thanks for the lesson, Dave.

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   ¹Okay, it wasn’t a “John Deere hat.” That was poetic license on my part. But it could have been. But the writing on Dave’s hat was too blurred to read from long days in his field.