Herman Miller, On 15/11/2012 02:11: > On 11/14/2012 3:22 AM, R A Brown wrote: >> I know of no uses of "to blow" with a passive meaning, i.e. "are >> being blown." > > "The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind..." comes to mind. Indeed. If you have access to the OED, it's _blow_ v.1 sense 12b. The earliest citations are: 1842 Tennyson Goose xiii, in Poems (new ed.) I. 233 Her cap blew off, her gown blew up. 1842 Tennyson Day-dream in Poems (new ed.) II. 156 The hedge broke in, the banner blew. The version of _In Flanders Field_ I'd known has _grow_ at the end of the first line, but on first reading the version with _blow_ (in this thread), I had an image of the poppies fluttering gently in the breeze, like banners or pennants. --And.