The "Back Forty" was a term originally
applied to RKO Pictures' film studio backlot in Culver City, California. Films such as King Kong (1933) and Gone
With the Wind (1939) were filmed here. However, the phrase
"I'm going to check out the back forty," usually implies that the speaker is going outside
for a cigarette. The term, when in regards
to smoking, is not a popular phrase
among young people.
"Hi, mom! Good
to see you! Why don't you make yourself a cup of coffee while I run outside?"
out for a cigarette, aren't you?!"
"Nah, I'm just going
to check out the back forty."