I remember reading a story a few years back about some linguists working on definitions for some obscure colloquial phrases. It seems that they had spent quite a bit of time and energy attempting to find a definition for a particular phrase. The phrase in question was the term "fade barn". At some point during their search they ran across an older New England farmer and asked him if he had ever heard of the term. The farmer said yes. His definition was a little surprising to the linguists: "A fade barn is a barn where you store the fade for your livestork."