Old time expressions
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Guest

Ballwin, MO

#1 Jan 9, 2013
Some of the old expressions of yesteryear are often lost on today's young people. My dad was born in 1902 and my mother in 1906. They used these sayings all the time. I would like to hear some you may recall.

An example: out of the frying pan and into the fire. She didn't better herself. She went from the frying pan into the fire.

Coon's age. I haven't seen him in a coon's age. It means a long time. I have wondered if coons live a long life. Lol

Let's hear some. There's got to be some funny ones out there.
An Old Coon

Ballwin, MO

#2 Jan 9, 2013
Not worth the powder to blow him up. He's not worth the powder it would take to blow him up. Means the guy is worthless. Refers to gun powder of course.
Another: not worth the salt that goes in their food.
Too young to know

Ballwin, MO

#3 Jan 9, 2013
Put a little elbow grease into that. Do a good job
Guest

Ballwin, MO

#4 Jan 9, 2013
Apple dont fall for from the tree. Chip off the old block. Means takes after some kin.
Wondering

Ballwin, MO

#5 Jan 9, 2013
I've heard expressions like Work horse and cloths horse. I don't get this. Anyone?
oleschool

Bonne Terre, MO

#6 Jan 9, 2013
fair to middling.....refers to grade of cotton

Telling someone how the cow ate the cabbage!

Gag a maggot off a gut wagon!

Finer than a frogs hair.

I've heard hundreds of them!!
Wondering

Ballwin, MO

#7 Jan 9, 2013
oleschool wrote:
fair to middling.....refers to grade of cotton
Telling someone how the cow ate the cabbage!
Gag a maggot off a gut wagon!
Finer than a frogs hair.
I've heard hundreds of them!!
Hey, come on explain them. Some don't know. How the cow ate the cabbage- crazy.
guest

Paragould, AR

#8 Jan 9, 2013
Guest wrote:
Some of the old expressions of yesteryear are often lost on today's young people. My dad was born in 1902 and my mother in 1906. They used these sayings all the time. I would like to hear some you may recall.
An example: out of the frying pan and into the fire. She didn't better herself. She went from the frying pan into the fire.
Coon's age. I haven't seen him in a coon's age. It means a long time. I have wondered if coons live a long life. Lol
Let's hear some. There's got to be some funny ones out there.
I think some live to be grown but not much passed that. I see a lot of road kill!
guest

Paragould, AR

#9 Jan 9, 2013
They don't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of. --Means they are really poor.
Guest number two

Brookland, AR

#10 Jan 9, 2013
What did you come after? A coal of fire?

Often used when some one did not stay very long after arriving at your house.

People would leave home and the fire would go out and they would go to neighbor's house to get a coal of fire to lite their fire again.

Diduzeatyet.

Did you eat yet, people wanted to know if you had eaten and if you had not they offered to feed you.
Wondering

Ballwin, MO

#11 Jan 9, 2013
guest wrote:
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I think some live to be grown but not much passed that. I see a lot of road kill!
I was a teacher in school and often would use some of these ole timie called expressions which mostly went over the students' heads, I think I just used one. Often when I used them they would asked what I meant or look at me with a blank stare. I would then explain. Maybe we need to take time to use and explain to our young ones so these treasured sayings won't be lost.
hahaha

United States

#12 Jan 9, 2013
Guest number two wrote:
What did you come after? A coal of fire?
Often used when some one did not stay very long after arriving at your house.
People would leave home and the fire would go out and they would go to neighbor's house to get a coal of fire to lite their fire again.
Diduzeatyet.
Did you eat yet, people wanted to know if you had eaten and if you had not they offered to feed you.


I've never heaed the one about the coal but me and my neighbor do get a coal from each others stove when our fire is out. I think this is the most interesting thread ever on topix. I love reading these. Most i haven't heard in a long time. Keep 'em coming.
guest

Paragould, AR

#13 Jan 9, 2013
High as a cat's back.-costs too much. A cat will hunch up and make his back high.
guest

Paragould, AR

#14 Jan 9, 2013
The good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise means I will be there if nothing happens.
Guest

Ballwin, MO

#15 Jan 9, 2013
This is a little different but I remember my mother saying this and laughing: "I wish I had that and she had a feather up their butt and we would both be tickled." I can remember mother saying this when she admired another woman's dress. Lol
Guest

Ballwin, MO

#16 Jan 9, 2013
Strike while the iron is hot.- do. It while the time is right

Don't let grass grow under your feet.- hurry up

Don't let the back door hit you in the rear on the way out - it means go I don't care and hurry and leave.

Here is one you out there let me know about. I can remember my mom saying this when she would see two lovers showing too much affection in public to suit her. "Just like a sick kitten at a jam rock." Lol
Guest

Ballwin, MO

#17 Jan 9, 2013
I can remember when he didn't have 2 buckles to rub together. He was poor at one time.

Someone high - hats means they snub people.

I wish I could buy him for what he's worth and sell him for what he thinks he's worth. Means he thinks he is better than he is.

He's walking in high cotton means he has life good or better than most.
Old Timer

Ballwin, MO

#18 Jan 9, 2013
He is a tall drink of water- I think it just means he is tall?

She has to sneak up on a glass of water. She is so ugly water runs away from her.

Rolling stone gathers no moss. Never anywhere long enough to set down roots or make a home.

No skin off my nose. Means nothing to me or no loss to me.
Old Timer

Ballwin, MO

#19 Jan 9, 2013
hahaha wrote:
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I've never heaed the one about the coal but me and my neighbor do get a coal from each others stove when our fire is out. I think this is the most interesting thread ever on topix. I love reading these. Most i haven't heard in a long time. Keep 'em coming.
Didn't you have matches?

Since: Oct 11

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#20 Jan 9, 2013
In the summer months Grandma use to say , "I'm hotter than a b!tch wolf in a pepper patch."

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