What did red ears of corn in husking bees mean?

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you got a red ear of corn, you could claim a "forfeit" (a prize) of a kiss from the person of your choice. It was a party game, and a socially regulated way of letting young people get together a little bit, but not in a way that would get out of hand.

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