I really never stopped to think about the origin of the word “windfall”; like most people, my association with the word is positive (who wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a “financial windfall?”).
So, it was dismaying to discover while apple picking last weekend that “windfall” — at least when it comes to apples — is just another euphemism.
In this case, it’s what the orchard called the rotting, leftover apples on the ground.
Even at a deeply discounted price per bag, I didn’t see the orchard getting any takers (we didn’t).
P.S.: we heard from several people that 2010 was a tough year generally for Minnesota apple growers, apparently because of poor Spring weather.