How would you interpret the phrase “off the cob” and the word “corny”?
“Do you know what, Tommy? Next month we should get together at my house. Honestly, it would be nice. I’ll make a lomo adobado. You’ve never seen my house.”
He raised his eyebrows. “Oh, but what will the neighbors think.”
“They’ll think I have a friend. One person knocking on my door who’s not in the pay of myself or the FBI. You hear about it all the time.”
He didn’t answer. Finished with the hand inspection, he wound his watch.
“Aren’t you sick of hotels?”
“Fed up to the blinkers, if you want to know. Let’s go down to the bar.”
“We should get dinner. Some nice oxtail soup and Horlick’s, that’s what you need. You’ve let yourself get run down.”
“Oxtail soup and Horlick’s. Cat, you are off the cob.”
“Corny, that would mean. Sorry. I guess I’ll go.”How would you interpret the phrase “off the cob” and the word “corny”?
Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.