Designer: Jen Troyer

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An easygoing yet effective way to end a rambling phone conversation comes from a humorous phrase used in the last century by people who were not far removed from rural life and remembered the need to defend barns and silos from hungry four-footed invaders. This is how my mild, blue-eyed Illinois grandmother (who grew up on a corn and soybean farm) signed off on phone calls. It just means "I've got to get back to work." So, the next time a friend IMs you when you're in the middle of a project, you can reply once or twice, then text that you've got to get back to your rat-killing.