Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Puttin' It Nicely

People in Smalltownland certainly have their own way of doing things. Which is to say that they like to do things as they have always been done. Without change or modern intervention. The same can be said about language. Certain phrases hang in there like a hair in a biscuit. That is to say they are permanent, never to leave the lexicon. 

 Let's examine a few...shall we? 




*He thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow. 
 
*She could make a preacher cuss.

*He was as mad as a mule chewing on bumblebees.

 *I'm finer than a frog hair split four ways. 



*That's about as useful as a trap door on a canoe.

*If his brains were dynamite, he couldn't blow his nose.

*He squeezes a quarter so tight that the eagle screams.

*Well....tie me to an anthill and fill my ears with jam. 



And, finally one that my own dad used on me as a teenager.

 *She's got champagne taste and beer money. 


44 comments:

  1. I like the house! A little fixing up, and a coat of fire and it would be great! Why would your dad ever say that to you?

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  2. Ian - My dad was joking with me when I, as a teenager, wanted all of the expensive clothing, etc...

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  3. My favorite..She could make a preacher cuss! haha!

    Love the quilt on the fence, perfect. xo

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  4. Michelle,
    Lol you came up with some that I have never heard before.
    My husband will LOVE those.

    Thanks for sharing.
    In Him,
    Grace

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  5. LOL! I am going to use those today!! At least once per. My kids will wonder where I've been!

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  6. a few i've never heard before. too cute!

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  7. i've heard that comment many times. i always wonder where we learn things when we did not grow up that way? i know i never grew up with lots of money. but i appreciate good taste. nothing wrong with either pick. just different. the quilt is gorgeous. love all the colors. (:

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  8. I haven't heard of most of those sayings. Love the trap door/canoe one -- great! Hope you're having a good summer.

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  9. My daddy always says "Fine as frog's hair..." I've had that'un on my blog, too. So cute - I like your othern's, too!

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  10. haha my dad used that same one on me, just slightly different "you've got champagne taste on a beer budget"! love all those old sayings...the photos to go with them are beautiful!

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  11. I love the hair in a biscuit and a trap door in a canoe. Just picturing it makes me smile. It's funny, I just posted something about rural sounds this morning.

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  12. now those sound familiar...love that quilt on the fence....too awesome...

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  13. The quilt is cool!
    Thanks for Three Dog Night!

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  14. love me some local lexicon..."I'm much obliged" to you for your post!

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  15. Oh lol, I think I'm going to use a few of them.

    Beautiful quilt!

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  16. Pop is a treasure chest of those old sayings, and he makes up some himself, that will live on forever,too.I may write a post on some of his. Thanks for the idea.

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  17. We got some similar ones, but none so funny!

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  18. Wonderful ! Even after eight years living here, I still learn alike. Love the one with the ants much. Please have a good Wednesday you all.

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  19. I have heard some of them and variations in both English and French growing up in Quebec.

    All to say things in their version of common sense.

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  20. Outstanding, as always, Michelle. (As is the music.) My vote goes to the strawberry ears in the anthill. Never heard that one before.

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  21. Your photos are so Kentuckyish. Like the small house at the top of your post especially -- barbara P. S. I heard a Kentucky phrase yesterday that was new to me, "if he was on fire on wouldn't even piss on him." Wow that means I guess you are really mad at a certain someone. A bit crude but spoken by a professional Kentuckian person.

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  22. I love that old home and that quilt. I've heard of most of them. And then there is "I'd be on that like a June Bug".

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  23. Love the poor old house and the gorgeous hexagon quilt! I got a big kick out of those sayings. I was born in Oklahoma but we moved to Oregon when I was 4 - so I heard some of the from my Okie parents but Oregonians don't say many of those fun old things. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. Those are funny. I like the last shot.

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  25. haha...oh, I hadn't heard any except the sun and the crow. haha. And the beer budget. Oh, so funny!

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  26. Ha ha, those are some crazy sayings! I haven't heard most of them before.

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  27. These were all new to me, excepet the beer and champagne. Fun!

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  28. Love your hometown sayings -- had heard of one or two, but most were new to me. :)

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  29. Thanks for the laughs Michelle- I needed them this morning.

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  30. Those were great! Most of them were new to me too! I can't wait to use them!

    Some of my favs are "she could talk a dog off a meat wagon" or "he's tighter than bark to a tree" and the all time New England fav "wicked good"

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  31. I have always loved these old sayings.
    B

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  32. Love the sayings - I like to keep lists of them!

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  33. They all make me smile. So hilarious!

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  34. I smiled ear to ear...I have heard many of these phrases too. These phrases are timeless.

    Velva

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  35. Haha:) Nice post, loved reading it!! Its almost the same here in India too! And love your captures as always.
    Wish you a wonderful week Michelle:)

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  36. hilarious quotes! That quilt laying over the fence is beautiful, insta favorite.

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  37. I've heard the first one before. The last one is best. I could have used that one on my daughter when she was a teenager. Ha!

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  38. Wanted to say, love the quilt picture. The first photo intrigues me. The house looks abandoned but, there are bales of hay in the stable.

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  39. I love these. I have always said I have champagne taste on a beer budget :) Great photos.

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  40. Hilarious! These are all totally new sayings to me.

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  41. Some funny phrases here. I've never heard any of them before. The trap door on a canoe struck me... I would normally replace that with "chocolate fireguard " !

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  42. Having family from and still in KY, I have heard some of those. So funny!! You have put together quite a collection. Love, love the quilt on the fence.

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  43. Lot of wisdom in those.

    I like the translation of "Happy wife, happy life" into "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy !"

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