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"cut the grass" or "mow the lawn"? Options
klee
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:42:58 PM
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Where I'm from (Utah), when the grass in my yard is getting high, we need to "mow the lawn." My husband, who is from Texas, insists we need to "cut the grass." Who's wrong? The Utahn or the Texan? What is your vote?
MiTziGo
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:52:17 PM

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As a New Yorker, I say "mow the lawn."
March09
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:54:21 PM

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mow the lawn ... San Francisco
Aloysius
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 7:33:19 PM
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I use both... Florida
Kelizan
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 7:40:26 PM

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In Australia, either can apply. Depends on how proud you are of your patch of turf.
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Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:14:45 PM

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If my memory serves, we called it "mowing the lawn" in Illinois in the 60's. My cousin says it would be "mow the lawn" or maybe "mow the yard" in Colorado.



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catskincatskin
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 11:01:32 PM

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Raised in Oklahoma, with my mom's side of the family from TX: mow the yard (or lawn).
arthbard
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 11:30:12 PM

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In South Carolina, we cut the grass.

And, of course, we South Carolinians pride ourselves on our immaculate grammar.
bullit16
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009 1:12:28 AM

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In Philadelphia, we mow the lawn. At least, that's what my wife yells at me to do on a regular basis.
betford2
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009 7:37:24 AM

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I'm in SC too. We use the lawn mower to cut the grass. Go figure.
weebmistress
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009 9:15:36 AM
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Here in Southern Calif. we just have the gardener do it! mow the yard
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009 9:18:31 AM
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I saw this on Home Improvement According to Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor - men would never cut the grass. Cutting implies scissors. Men mow the lawn with big powerful tools that have engines in them.
Mariael311
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009 9:56:04 AM

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Joseph Glantz wrote:
I saw this on Home Improvement According to Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor - men would never cut the grass. Cutting implies scissors. Men mow the lawn with big powerful tools that have engines in them.


LMAO!!! I actually do remember that!

I'm in Virginia and I always say cut the grass, but I've said mow the yard occasionally.
kaliedel
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009 4:51:11 PM

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I can't remember the number of times I've been told to "mow the lawn." However, I've heard a variation of "cut the grass" many times, as well: "the grass needs cutting."
klee
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009 5:30:01 PM
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Joseph Glantz wrote:
I saw this on Home Improvement According to Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor - men would never cut the grass. Cutting implies scissors. Men mow the lawn with big powerful tools that have engines in them.


That's great! Angel
risadr
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2009 8:48:35 PM

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I'm from Florida, too, and I also use both.

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Sar27
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 8:46:46 AM
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Mow the lawn...Chicago
Besides, to cut the grass sounds like you are going to get your scissors out.
krmiller
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 10:57:10 PM

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"Mow the lawn" is more natural to me (Philly), but I might also say "cut the grass," or maybe "the grass needs mowing."

I did actually once see someone cutting grass with scissors.
aldi09
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 4:21:33 PM
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In Ireland "cut the grass".
Galad
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 4:47:44 PM

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In New England we Smoke the grass then Mow the Lawn......

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tfrank
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 6:08:53 PM
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Hmm, I use both. But I think the one who's "wrong" is the one who didn't find a way to weasel out of the chore.

Or maybe it's the other way 'round. Perhaps the person willing to do the work gets to determine what the work is called.
fred
Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 9:32:55 AM

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Being from Texas, I use both.

For people out in the country or near country, they usually have a "ranch" style house with an immediate area around the house of maintained turf/grass- Bermuda/St Augustine. This grass would be Lawn that is Mowed.

The remainder of the grass on the property that is not watered or fertilized and needs to be cut for non agricultural purposes, usually at a height of 4-8 inches, is Grass that is Cut.

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klee
Posted: Friday, April 3, 2009 5:02:49 PM
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fred wrote:
Being from Texas, I use both.

For people out in the country or near country, they usually have a "ranch" style house with an immediate area around the house of maintained turf/grass- Bermuda/St Augustine. This grass would be Lawn that is Mowed.

The remainder of the grass on the property that is not watered or fertilized and needs to be cut for non agricultural purposes, usually at a height of 4-8 inches, is Grass that is Cut.


That seems to be a fair enough distinction for the uses of both phrases. Thank you!
klee
Posted: Friday, April 3, 2009 5:08:57 PM
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tfrank wrote:
Hmm, I use both. But I think the one who's "wrong" is the one who didn't find a way to weasel out of the chore.

Or maybe it's the other way 'round. Perhaps the person willing to do the work gets to determine what the work is called.


Actually, we currently live in an apartment, so the property management takes care of the teensy-weensy bit of lawn we have. Anxious
Spahkee
Posted: Friday, April 3, 2009 8:52:32 PM
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I might be tempted to order someone, say a lackey son that needs to finish his chores, to go "Cut the grass". Whereas, in compnay with my peers, I'd be more inclined to say "I 'Mowed the lawn'".

Neither phrase is wrong, it's just that one sounds/seems a little more "high brow".

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Drew
Posted: Saturday, April 4, 2009 2:31:23 PM
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I've lived most of my life in Philadelphia, and although I've never really given much thought to it before, I'm pretty sure I've heard both phrases used.
mustabir
Posted: Saturday, April 4, 2009 5:24:52 PM
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I'd say "cut the grass" sounds more internationally known if you are open to the international votes.
mammalian
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Ok this thread is 5 years old but awesome. I work in landscaping in New England. At my company you do not ever mow--you CUT. You cut the grass, you cut the lawn, you cut the yard, you cut the account, you cut the property. You even have noun cuts, like: "you have four cuts today and then some pruning and mulching." Or "we'll spend most of today cutting, but make sure you also weed and fluff the mulch."

BUT. the machines we use are called mowers. I grew up mowing the lawn with a mower. But no no no. Professionals do not mow. Professionals cut. With a mower.
early_apex
Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:36:01 PM

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Well, cutting does sound more precise. I once had the misfortune of living next door to a (very nice) man who owned a landscaping company. When his workers were not busy making money for him, he would send them to his house to replace the flowers in the flower beds and things like that. For example, red, white and blue pansies for July 4th. I asked him about his lawn, and he told me it was a variety of Bermudagrass that is used for golf greens. It had small blades and could be cut very short. I also learned that mowers with rotary blades would not produce a satisfactory cut, so it could only be mowed with a reel-type mower, which cuts with a scissors-like shearing action.

So to me, a reel mower cuts the grass and a rotary mower mows the grass, as it essentially knocks down the blades and cuts them with great force, even if the blade is no sharper than the string on a string trimmer.

Oh, yeah. This guy's lawn had to be leveled somewhat frequently by adding sand and watering it in.

On a side note, the house on the other side of mine had been owned by someone who hating mowing his lawn, and, according to legend, tore it all out after neighbors complained, planted a few cactus and covered the rest with gravel. However I chose to maintain my lawn, it was inevitably between two extremes.

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Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 3:49:18 PM

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Wonder what they do to the lawn in Wimbledon. Maybe they slice it?

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early_apex
Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 6:42:50 PM

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They might cut it by hand. Would that make it manicured?

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Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 7:56:26 PM

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Could be nail clippers.

In Australia to 'cut your neighbour's grass', means your being naughty, you can do the edges and be a caring person, but cutting the grass is off limits.
Vandeir Ribeiro
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I am a Cambridge method English student from Brazil and I learned that "mow the lawn" is better and the service is lawn mowing. What do you think about?Think
IMcRout
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I'm all for making hay and having a roll in it later on. Whistle

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Mow the lawn. Obviously.
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