Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Old Sayings

When my mother was growing up, language in the south was much more colorful than it is on average today. There are still some folks around who come up with unique phrases (or steal ones they hear). For example, my husband.

These are his responses to some typical questions:

How are you? Finer than frog hair split three ways.

Can you get that for me? Does a cat have a climbing gear?

Taste this to see if it’s done. That would gag a maggot.

Here are some more that I’ve heard from other people over the years:

  • I’ll tan your hide.
  • Pretty as a speckled pup.
  • He’s jumping around like a chicken with his head chopped off.
  • He would make a preacher cuss.
  • She made him ill as a hornet.
  • He’s as slow as the moon arising.
  • Money is as scarce as hen’s teeth.
  • They’re as alike as two peas in a pod.
  • He’s as limber as a dishrag.

I remember my grandmother would never say, “The cat had kittens.” Instead she said, “The cat found kittens.” And a woman would be “in the family way” instead of pregnant.

Because of the advent of television, our language in getting more generic. You occasionally hear people come up with unusual similes or metaphors. And when they do, don’t that beat a goose a gobbling!

Anyone have any favorites?


  1. I thoght of two more from Carl:
    That dog won't hunt.

    Now you're cooking with grease.

  2. From The Office: Tighter than moss on a tree stump.

  3. I remember one from Survivor. I don't remember the exact quote. James got upset with Parvati and said, "She ate the apple."


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