Appalachian Phrase of the Day



"I will say no more to my time."  

Think of this as a statement of surprise, or maybe disgust, depending on the situation.  My grandmother Bird, so called because Bird was her middle name....really..., used this phrase when I was growing up.  I thought I remembered it correctly and I checked with my mom about fifteen minutes ago, so I know I am right.  

In the above situation we might use the phrase as a statement of disgust, as the tree was starting to sway and I knew what was about to happen.  However....how can anyone be annoyed/mad at that face?  She is eight months old and into all of the Christmas decor.  

We have three trees up in this old farmhouse.  Two have been put down.....one to go :)  



Comments

  1. I have heard most of the Appalachian phrases that you have mentioned in your blog, but the one you mentioned today is a new one on me. My Great Grandparents on Mom's side came from Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and then into Southeast Missouri. My Mom used a lot of the Appalachian sayings she grew up with. She moved to St. Louis, where I live now. My favorites of hers were "mad as a wet hen" and "as useless as t*ts on a boar hog." I guess that would be pretty useless. I thought those were hilarious when I was a little kid.

    Mom and my Grandparents used the phrase "Bless (your,his, her) heart" in a nice way to sooth or comfort, or commiserate with, or with gratitude. (As in after someone helps you, you may say to them "Bless your heart". ) I don't know how it came to be used in a snarky way these days. I still catch myself saying it occasionally, and then have to clarify that I mean it in the good way.

    I don't have any interesting sayings from my Dad that came down from family members. His ancestors were German married to Irish on both sides of his family. I don't know if they didn't have any sayings or if my Dad just never used them. Maybe they spoke their sayings in German or Irish and he didn't understand them..

    I loved the picture of your Kitty in the Christmas tree looking as innocent as could be. Maybe you should invent a new saying, "As innocent as a kitten in a Christmas tree."

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  2. You may not agree but, she's darling!

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  3. I never heard that saying. I like that you remember your grandma saying it. (Love her name too!)
    My Grandma died when I was 4, and I remember her saying "by and by". As in - if you keep running through that puddle, by and by you will be all wet! :)
    2 trees up here too - although one fell down! But it's up now - one to go!

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  4. Hello, climbing the trees is just too tempting for the kitties. Sweet face! Wishing you a happy day!

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  5. Awe, what a cutie! I had to chuckle at your phrase, growing up I can remember all kinds of phrases that my Finnish family used to say.

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  6. Oh I looooove that expression Michelle.. it's like 'what?' Three trees you say, yikes I haven't even got one up yet 😱

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  7. I'm way behind you with my decorations.

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  8. Christmas with cats is always a challenge. xo Laura

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  9. Her new play area for the month. :)

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  10. What a great picture!!!
    When we first moved here 6 years ago the woman who owned the bakery here in town then was named Bird!!

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  11. I have never heard that saying. That cat is a cutie! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Pretty kitty!
    That is one saying I have not heard before

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