Real Talk: In the Hopper

House_Hopper“What a great suggestion for a Real Talk installment! I’ll put it in the hopper.”

Suggested by faithful reader Mark, “put it in the hopper” is an annoyingly vague expression. Not the meaning; the meaning is pretty clearly “It’s on my list!” But then bills waiting to be signed sit in the House of Representative’s House Clerk’s box called “the hopper,” which may or may not have led to the present usage? And then there’s the grain hopper, where harvested grain sits, waiting to be shipped off. I would imagine the House stole the therm from farmers, but why is an entirely different question.

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