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wannabenormal
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Default  Posted: 10:25 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)

The other day at work, my work pal is looking out the window. I ask, "What are you searching for girl?!" (I mean, she was about stalking!)

She tells me, "I want to see if the devil is beating his wife".

This takes a sec to register and then I ask, "WTF are you talking about?!"

She tells me, "Ever since I was a little girl, I've been told that the devil is beating his wife when it rains while it's sunny". So like when the sun is out and it rains, my Yankee self calls it a sunshower and her her Southern self looks to see if the devil is publicly beating his wife.

Now outside of that saying, which I will totally use from here on out, I had some questions. Is the devil actually married? To one woman? And really - beating his wife just seems like something he'd do whether it's a sunshower or not. What if it's a light rain (not the hard rain we had that day) is he just pushing her around?

Well work GF was getting miffed at my inquiries and said, "I don't know, WBN, I've just heard that all my life!"

Just thought it was kinda cute.

So what sayings do y'all have like that?



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Default  Posted: 10:28 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)

The one that threw me was "fine as frog's hair." Never got it.


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wannabenormal
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Default  Posted: 10:39 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)

Yeah, I'm confused too.

Frogs do not have hair and if they did, it wouldn't be 'fine' either as in 'that's some fine ass hair' OR 'that's some thin (fine) hair'.

I'll google.

I always say and 'do' "knock on wood". DS was like, "WHAT does that mean?!" Of course it's purely superstitious, but I tried to explain and both kids ask, "What if there's no wood to knock on? Does it mean you want it to happen or not want it to? Can we knock on each other's heads, that's like wood...."

Like work pal, I just kinda shushed them. LOL! Mom of the Year!!



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Default  Posted: 10:39 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)

The one that threw me was "fine as frog's hair." Never got it.

Not fine as in really nice, fine as in very sparse. So sparse, in fact, that it's not there. Does that help?


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wannabenormal
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Default  Posted: 10:42 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)

Fine as frog's hair, per cyberspace, means: "Since frogs do not have hair, something that is "finer than frog hair" means something that is as thin/fine/excellent as possible".



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Default  Posted: 10:45 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)

?!?


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Default  Posted: 10:49 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)

I've always wondered why "fat chance" and "slim chance" pretty much mean the same thing.

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Default  Posted: 11:01 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)

You would have to start this thread after I've had a couple of beers! I'm sure I'll remember more of them tomorrow, but here are a few I heard a lot of:

Go piss up a rope (Um...I think you'll get it in your eye that way...)

The sun always shines in Brooklyn (usually said during a torrential downpour on the Belt Parkway)

And the old saw:

A penny for your thoughts (No thanks; I'll keep them for that pittance.)


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wannabenormal
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Default  Posted: 11:12 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)

I'm sorta all over here...with what you did or didn't hear.

My mother when she wanted the REAL truth, would ask us: "You tell it to God?!" You knew when that came out...you better stop the bullshit! She'd lower that one eyelid, all inquisitory-like and you knew she meant business. She'd accept some half-assed tale most of the time, but if she busted a "Tell it God?" out; it was the real deal! You thought - this is going down in His book...what are you gonna do? Lie still?! It's in THE book, at like the pearly gates and stuff book! You have the choice to answer now to mom...or later to Him!

Piss up a rope is like saying 'go pound sand'. No one cares, take a walk, be gone.

I suppose a rope is supposed to absorb, so you wouldn't technically piss in an eye.

"Ahh...go shit in a hat and wear it" is another classic!

[This message edited by wannabenormal at 11:14 PM, June 19th (Wednesday)]



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Default  Posted: 12:15 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

I've used the devil is beating his wife before.


Also: more then one way to skin a cat. As a little girl I wondered who wanted to skin a cat!!

And my mom told me to remember no one was going to buy the cow if you give the milk away for free. I heard that when I was young, long before I would even think of giving the milk away.


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Default  Posted: 12:54 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

I also wonder how quickly sayings that I grew up with and understood will become antiquated, like, "Here's a quarter, call someone who cares."

What does a quarter have to do with a call, and why not just text anyway, right?

Maybe at some point in history, all of the phrases listed on this thread made total sense.


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Default  Posted: 4:52 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

Maybe at some point in history, all of the phrases listed on this thread made total sense.

You mean like:
Call Guinness, I'm going to break a record. (Said whenever somebody played a musical abomination, like pretty much anything disco or country.)


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Default  Posted: 5:35 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

I also wonder how quickly sayings that I grew up with and understood will become antiquated, like, "Here's a quarter, call someone who cares."
Or, a dime. When I was growing up a payphone cost a dime .


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Default  Posted: 7:13 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

Or dialing a phone number.
I remember dials.


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Default  Posted: 7:49 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

I'm from Newfoundland and "the devil is beating his wife" is common terminology for episodes of rain and sunshine together. I think it's an old British saying.


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Default  Posted: 7:54 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

Another oldie but goodie:

Dry as a popcorn fart.


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Default  Posted: 8:28 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

My mom says "Shit in one hand and wish in the other, see which one fills up first"

I was always like "WHO would willingly POOP in their own hand?????"


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Default  Posted: 8:39 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

The saying "Near Miss" is an oxymoron...

If it was a "near miss" wouldn't that mean that it was an on-target hit? If ya "nearly miss" something, then you must have hit it - otherwise it would be a MISS, right?

Just sayin'...


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Default  Posted: 9:18 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

Nearly missing is different from a near miss.

A near miss is almost a hit.

I was always like "WHO would willingly POOP in their own hand?????"
At the risk of channeling George Carlin, how else would one "take a shit".


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Default  Posted: 9:26 AM, June 20th (Thursday)

"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater".

I spent an inordinate amount of time as a child wondering who would do such a thing

[This message edited by metamorphisis at 9:26 AM, June 20th (Thursday)]



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Default  Posted: 12:10 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

He jumped on that like a "hobo on a ham sandwich" or like a "duck on a June bug."

I'm busier than a "long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs."

She's working at that like she's "killin snakes."

I was raised by a hillbilly mama - I got a million of em.

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Default  Posted: 12:22 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

"Welcome to hell,here's your Michael Bolton CD".


I've wiped the shit off. It can be wiped off you know.



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Default  Posted: 12:27 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater".

I know where this one came from! I love all this stuff.

Ages ago when people used to bathe once or twice a year ( ) They would bathe in one tub of water starting with the father, then mother, then children and finally the baby would be last in the cold, nasty, dirty water. Poor baby

My dad had a ton of sayings.

One that I remember is "You're so full of shit your eyes are brown."

He also used to say "go piss up a rope."

I'm going to have to try and remember more.


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Default  Posted: 12:34 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

And my mom told me to remember no one was going to buy the cow if you give the milk away for free. I heard that when I was young, long before I would even think of giving the milk away.

My SO asked me if I considered myself a disgruntled housewife and I said "I'm not the cow, I'm the free milk." He had no idea what I was talking about. I know the pig and sausage version is relatively new, but I'm gobsmacked he's never heard that expression.


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Default  Posted: 1:05 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

My mom would say:

"Well, for Pete's sake!"

Who's Pete?



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Default  Posted: 1:22 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

I was always like "WHO would willingly POOP in their own hand?????"

You have GOT to read Dave Sedaris's new book.


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Default  Posted: 2:40 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

"Piss up a rope" and "take a long hike off a short pier" confused me as a child. I heard about frog hair and "rare as hen's teeth" often. We had "nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs" and someone being on something "like white on rice." The one I've never heard anybody else say, ever, that was kind of common was "we are up against the naked rooster on that one."

It wasn't until I got older that I realized what the naked rooster might be, and yeah. Nobody's going to go around saying that out loud. Often, anyway.


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Default  Posted: 2:53 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

"we are up against the naked rooster on that one."

don't know whether to be scared or get the flour and oil out....


"they can pick a nice bucket of blackberries"

what my granny would say when she couldn't say anything nice about someone.

"if the dog hadn't stopped to smell it's own shit"

"people in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks".. always confused me as a child as I wasn't even allowed to throw a BALL in the house, and our house was made of wood and bricks.


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Default  Posted: 3:30 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

How about, "It's better than a sharp stick in the eye."

Um, yeah...


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Default  Posted: 3:31 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

Oh, and is the 'naked rooster' followed by 'choking the chicken'?


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Default  Posted: 3:33 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

Old Indiana saying,"I need some mud for my turtle" Yes it means the what you think it means.


I've wiped the shit off. It can be wiped off you know.



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Default  Posted: 3:57 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

Some favorites in our house:

"Busier than a three peckered goat"

"Faster than a raped ape" or "runs like a raped ape" <--- I sure wouldn't wanna be around that ape.

"Busier than an 8 day clock" <---- yeah, what?


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Default  Posted: 6:42 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

"a skunk smells it's own self first" My grandmother's comment when we were blaming farts on each other

"oh, horsefeathers" What?! I think my Mom made this up so she wouldn't use swear words around us.

"So you decided to go out and talk smart and act dumb." My FIL's comment about the effects of drinking.


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Default  Posted: 8:12 PM, June 20th (Thursday)

I just thought of another one. We moved to the country from the city when I was about 13. I was constantly complaining to my mother about being in the middle of nowhere and all the other kids being hicks
She of course told me to get over myself with and go make friends. So while hanging out with the neighbour kids (who lived a half mile away ) one of them actually said
"You couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with a shovel full of peas." I kid you not.

I remember repeating it at the dinner table and whinging some more about having nothing in common with these kids

I got over it eventually but the phrase still makes me laugh.



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Default  Posted: 9:37 AM, June 21st (Friday)

He's so dumb he couldn't pour piss out of a boot with instructions on the heal.

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Default  Posted: 12:40 AM, June 22nd (Saturday)

My mom used to always say to us kids when we'd leave the door open "were you born in a barn?"

Or "you make a better door than you do a window" while standing in front of someone or something like the tv.


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Default  Posted: 11:21 AM, June 22nd (Saturday)

My Grandmother, an Arkansas mountain woman - had SO many sayings. When someone ran off in a hurry, she'd say..."boy! They sure hooked up to the ankle wagon!" And one of my favorites was: "A whistlin' woman and a crowin' hen, always comes to some bad end."


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Default  Posted: 12:57 PM, June 22nd (Saturday)

Another of my father's favorites: Go shit in your hat- a nice(?!?) way to say 'go fuck yourself'

My father was like the father in A Christmas Story--he used profanity like an art form and never realized he was using it. When I used 'fuck' for the first time, it was at the dinner table; he put his fork down, stunned, and said, "Where did you hear that word?" I said, indignantly, "From you!" That was the end of the discussion; he couldn't defend himself.


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Default  Posted: 2:41 PM, June 22nd (Saturday)

OMG, Sad as Ralphie... with the new glasses I can almost see it.


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Default  Posted: 2:54 PM, June 22nd (Saturday)

'That sounds like ignorance gone to seed.'

I guess you'd say that in response to ... oh ... anything said in a TV ad, for instance, especially political ads.


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Default  Posted: 9:47 PM, June 22nd (Saturday)

Hmmm,

My late FIL sayings:
"You got the same pants to get happy in"
"You wouldn't be happy if you were hung with a new rope"
"Colder than a witch's tit"
"You don't have the sense God gave a piss-ant"
"Sweating like a whore in church"

Sayings of my Dad
"Best thing since sliced bread"
"Going to hell in a hand basket"
"She looks like she could domino at any minute" (his way of delicately saying a really pregnant woman could deliver at anytime)

Sayings I heard from my friends:

"So and So moved out to BFE" (butt effin Egypt ) ... Somehow Egypt was as far as their imaginations could go!
"Dumber than a box of hair"

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Default  Posted: 10:30 PM, June 22nd (Saturday)

Now that I think of it, my father:
'I'd rather owe it to you than cheat you out of it.'

A former work colleague used to refer to FGOs - 'effing growth opportunities'.


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Default  Posted: 11:36 PM, June 22nd (Saturday)

butt effin Egypt

We use West Bumfuck Nowhere


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Default  Posted: 1:15 AM, June 23rd (Sunday)

"Blowing smoke up your ass"
First of all, who tha? What tha? Whyyy??? How???
I mean, really think about the scenario for a second....


Eta:
One of the funniest (and most original) I've ever heard was my friend telling someone he hadn't seen in a long time, "I havent seen you since you were knee-high to a tampon!"

I've lived in the South and have heard some Mark Twainisms but honey, that one was in it's own league.

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Default  Posted: 1:27 AM, June 23rd (Sunday)

My mom would say: "Well, for Pete's sake!"

Who's Pete?

We always said, "For the love of Pete!"

Of course this was to replace God; wasn't as blasphemous to say Pete in place of.

Then one of our besties married a Pete and we all seriously asked, "What do you say now?! You can't say for the love of Pete, because he answers right - like 'what are you talking about honey'?!"

I don't remember what she said, more memorable was her priest PUKING on the short walk from rectory to church for rehearsal that night.



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Default  Posted: 6:02 AM, June 23rd (Sunday)

Sayings my mom said when I was a kid

"I've had more on my ass", used when we were milking a small injury, she never would have said it if we were seriously hurt

"Fly with the crows, you get shot with the crows" meaning watch who you hang out with

"The mouth can say anything" I should have listened to this one better,

"Honest to a fault"

"Sell ice cream to an eskimo"

"Don't go away mad just go away"

"She's got an ass as big as a tame bee"

"Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out"

"You move so slow you'll be late for your own funeral"

I say some of these sayings to my kids, they really like it when I tell them I've had more on my ass, they respond with yes we know grandma


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Default  Posted: 10:39 AM, June 23rd (Sunday)

I've been known to use

"off like a prom dress"
"sweet tap dancing Jesus"
"Christ on a cracker" (no idea where that's from)
"gave a beretta a blow job" (ex is firefighter paramedic...their suicide description )
"she needs to be c$&t punted" from that amazing college sorority email that went around. Fucking epic. And I know a few that do.


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Default  Posted: 12:50 PM, June 23rd (Sunday)

These are the ones I grew up with:


'I'm fit to be tied'!

'Come Hell or high water'

'Knee high to a grasshopper'

'Sweep around your own front porch first'

'Go cut me a switch'

'Can't squeeze blood out of a turnip'

'You're a sight for sore eyes'

'The devil whipping his wife'

'Like water off a duck's back'

'Don't cut off your nose to spite your face'

'I'm gonna jerk a knot in your tail'

'That's no skin off my nose'

'Rode hard and hung up wet'

'She was madder than a an old wet hen'

'He doesn't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out'

'He doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground'

'Don't you make eyes at me'

"He don't cotton to that"

'You'd better git on the stick'!

'Lord willing and the creek don't rise'

'Gonna be a gully washer'

'I'll be there directly'

'I swanny'

'Gonna take a whore's bath'

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Default  Posted: 2:01 PM, June 23rd (Sunday)

"Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out"

I always heard it... "Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya."


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Default  Posted: 2:05 PM, June 23rd (Sunday)

I'm going to debunk/explain these, since people have asked:

wannabenormal said:

"knock on wood"

In the days when people believed trees were inhabited by the fae folk (fairies, etc.), it was commonly believed that when someone said an equivalent to, "What's the worst that can happen?" especially with something specific (i.e., "At least it's not raining!"), the faeries would conspire to make the "wish" come true. When people still made all of their furniture out of wood, it was believed that the sprites of the forest came with it. Thus, to prevent the fairies from keeping any ideas in their heads, you would rap very sharply on the closest wood (the fairies that would have heard you the clearest) to knock the ideas out of their heads.

Now, it is simply an expression for good luck.

Sad in AZ said:

Go piss up a rope

I believe the idea here is that, while it might be an impressive trick (particularly if you're using the rope as a measuring device, as people used to do), all you're going to do is get yourself terribly messy in the end, i.e., you're doing something completely pointless and wasteful. Akin to "spitting in the wind."

whatdoto said:

"Well, for Pete's sake!"

'Pete' here is a euphemism/alteration of the word 'pity.' May also reference "Saint Peter" as an alternative to "God" or "Christ."

sisoon said:

'That sounds like ignorance gone to seed.'

When plants mature enough, they begin to seed. Thus, this is in reference to ignorance that has been left to cultivate and grow on its own.

purplejacket4 said:

"Colder than a witch's tit"

In the olden days, 'witches' were colloquial words for women who had either lost children or never had children (the entire human species were jerks, considering their basis of a good woman constituted children), so their teats were not warm from babes. Thus, cold.

"Best thing since sliced bread"

Bread used to be sold in whole loaves, so pre-slicing it was a novel idea. It saved a step at the dinner table, as well as making sure all the slices were approximately the same width.

painpaingoaway said:

'I'm fit to be tied'!

So angry that your only recourse to prevent damage would be to be restrained in a straitjacket.

'Don't cut off your nose to spite your face'

Interesting one here. It is believed that this one comes from the practice of Anglo-Saxon nuns who were about to be invaded by the "rape-happy" Norsemen. In order to keep their chastity, the nuns under St. Anna determined that they would make themselves as ugly and unappealing to the Norse as possible, and many nuns of the order did cut off their noses to make themselves appear hideously malformed.

'I swanny'

My own grandmother used to say "I'll swan to goodness!" In the South, it's used in place of 'swear,' since that's frowned upon. However, it is either a shortened form "s'wan" = "shall warrant," or it is a corruption of the English "I'll swoon," meaning to faint.

'Gonna take a whore's bath'

Under the belief that not smelling like your last patron assisted business, it was a simple scrub with a sponge in a basin and then a load of perfume.

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Default  Posted: 8:32 PM, June 23rd (Sunday)

Ok, this made me look up something my dad says.

mox nix: From the German phrase, "Es macht nichts!" Often used by U.S. servicemen to mean "It doesn't matter" or "It's not important."

He also uses some Yiddish words...including cussing. Not because we're Jewish, but because my grandma grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and passed down what she picked up to my dad.

BFE= bum f*ck Egypt.
Funny, one time I was trying to remember the name of the town MIL had moved to and couldn't. So I just told my friend, "It's in the middle of BFE."

"Oh! You mean Boykins!"

Yup, she knew the town.


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Default  Posted: 9:22 PM, June 23rd (Sunday)

some of the ones I heard growing up were ..
1) I'll get to it the 2nd tuesday of next week.
2) Don't look at me in that tone of voice!
3)Allowance? I allow you to continue breathing and to put your feet under my table 3 times a day. If you want $ get a job.


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Default  Posted: 10:50 AM, June 24th (Monday)

So and So moved out to BFE" (butt effin Egypt ) ... Somehow Egypt was as far as their imaginations could go!

BFE= Bum Fuck Egypt in this part of the world as well. I usually tell people that I live about 5 miles west of BFE.


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Default  Posted: 11:25 AM, June 24th (Monday)

My mom would say:
"Well, for Pete's sake!"

Who's Pete?

That was my dad's nickname. For a VERY LONG TIME *ahem* I thought people were talking about my dad when they said that.


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Default  Posted: 4:01 PM, June 24th (Monday)

From my Old Man:

"Ain't got sense God gave a goose"

"Crazier than a runned-over dog"

"God Almighty Knows!" (substitute for the GD bomb when little ones are present)

(when something tastes good) "That'll make your tongue slap your brains out!"

"Don't cut off your nose to spite your face"

"Son, if you ask 10 women for sex, you might get turned down 9 times" (yeah, I know - believe it or not there's no indication he's ever been a WH).

And many more that don't come to mind at the moment.

This is a fun thread!


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Default  Posted: 5:27 PM, June 24th (Monday)

"He's as usless as tetes on a boar hog."

"Complainin' is like teachin' a pig to sing-it's a waste of time and it annoys the pig."


"Either get busy livin' or get busy dyin'." (and I prefer to live)
"Shame on me for kissing you with my eyes closed."
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Default  Posted: 8:29 PM, June 24th (Monday)

Oh, I like the way this thread is going.

Here are some of my favorites from my daddy.

"If you want sympathy, you can find it in the dictionary between shit and syphilis."

"Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?" (usually said when someone was overlooking something rather significant or important)

"Busier than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs."

"Slower than a pregnant nun on her way to confession."

"Busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest."

"That fella is about a half bubble off plumb."

"Not the sharpest knife in the drawer."

"His elevator don't go up to the top floor."

And my very, very favorite, when his boss left a note that the night shift was now responsible for yet another duty, "Would you like me to shove a broom up my ass and sweep the floor while I'm doing everything else?"

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Default  Posted: 3:14 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Half a bubble off plumb


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Default  Posted: 3:49 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

"5149 and a half" -- Meaning not quite crazy, but...


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Default  Posted: 8:22 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

"That smells so bad it would knock a buzzard off a sh!t wagon"

After a stinky bathroom session my dad would spray air freshener. My Mom was usually the unsuspecting victim. She used to say "it smells like someone pooped in a rose bush"


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Default  Posted: 12:13 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

My Grandma, the most wonderful woman ever had a million of these, and it's funny occasionally one will pop out of my mouth, and my kids will look at me like I have three heads.

I hit them with "And people in hell want ice water" the other day when we were grocery shopping and they wanted one of everything. My 16 year old said now that is a good one mom.

She would mix them up too, saying things like "people in glass houses shouldnt skin cats."
"Kill two birds with a hand basket"

My favorite was when I was worried someone was upset or mad at me, " they can get glad in the same pants they got mad in."

Oh I do miss her still.


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Default  Posted: 1:21 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

HereWeGo reminded me of another one of my father's gems:

"That would gag a maggot on a gut wagon."

Usually spoken after he smells something disagreeable.


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Default  Posted: 1:53 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

My Nana used to say "everybody and their yellow dog" was there when someplace was packed, and always said "might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb". Since I had a sheltered childhood and was fairly innocent in my teens it took me being a young adult to figure that last one out. Go Nana! What a rabble rouser for a Missouri Synod Lutheran woman that wouldn't play cards or dance....


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Default  Posted: 1:56 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Somebody in my family used to say "they couldn't sell rice to the Chinese". "You can't squeeze blood out of a turnip" was popular with my uncle.


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Default  Posted: 2:12 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Another of my father's:

Crazy as a shit-house rat.


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