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gina kay 06/29/08 07:39 PM

"I don't give a flying flip" (I don't really care), "What does that have to do with the price of tea in China" (does that have anything to do with what we're talking about), My dad's favorites: "what in tarnation?" (similar to "what in the world") and "shoot fire save matches" (same as just saying "shoot").

Farmerwilly2 06/29/08 10:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aftermidnite (Post 3168263)
"... I have one nerve left and you're swingin like Tarzan"...

My wifes version is "I have one nerve left and you're strumming it hard".

My reply is: Well isn't that sweet music. (I then beat a hasty exit)

Cloverbud 06/29/08 11:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mommys2gr8kids (Post 3167315)
Six of one, half dozen of the other, meaning...doesn't matter either way.

I just *hate* this one!!It always meant my brother wasn't getting a spanking I thought he deserved!:bash:

KimM 06/29/08 11:54 PM

Not my favorite but I thought it was funny, my grandfather used to say, "Don't worry about nothin' 'cause nothin's gonna be alright." :eek:

pinemead 06/30/08 05:19 AM

That boy would argue with a fence post.

chukashtamoa 06/30/08 05:51 AM

Your a puddin stick.

bloogrssgrl 06/30/08 07:48 AM

My favorite saying ...

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.


It's a very old one - it came from Plato.

jlxian 06/30/08 09:49 AM

From my grandmother, and no doubt from her grandmother ---

"It will never been seen on a galloping horse" meaning that that small imperfection in your appearance today is nothing to sweat over.

Loriann1971 06/30/08 10:24 AM

My mother was a font of old sayings...she had multiple versions of the one I hated to hear when I was a kid..

"That's the way the cookie crumbles."
"That's the way the ball bounces."

Then there were multiple ways to colorfully describe me, her energetic child...

"You're like a bull in a china parlor."
"You're hopping around like a fart in a whirlwind."
"You're jumpier than a fart in a skillet."

I was also often talked about with the following phrases...
"Someone's eyes were bigger than their stomach."
"Looks like someone bit off more than she could chew."
"Little pitchers have big ears."


Then there were the sayings that described the weather...
"It's colder than a witch's boobie" (she of course said a word that starts with a T) and if it was really, super cold it was colder than that same witch's appendage in a brass bra.

Sometimes it was just "colder than a well diggers bottom." (insert the word that starts with A for bottom)

In the summer it was "hotter than a June bride in a feather bed." and it "rained cats and dogs."

When something wasn't fresh smelling, mom had quite a way to describe it...
"Smells like a W house at low tide."
"Smells like a French W." (this was reserved for women who wore too much perfume)
"Stinks to high heaven."

Mom wasn't much of a baker, so many of her cookies or cakes were self described as:

"Harder than a brick bat" (no idea what a brick bat is) or "Hard as nails."
"Drier than a popcorn fart" or "Dry as a bone."

She had many sayings including...

"Deader than a doornail."
"I have a bone to pick with you."
"Your room looks like a cyclone hit."
"Stop chomping at the bit."
"Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."
"Knock the tar out of you."
"Up S creek without a paddle."
"That's for the birds."
"Looks like you got the wrong end of the stick."

The number one saying I hated when I was a kid, but I do admit to using now that I have kids was:

"There are three kinds of fair in this world. County Fair, State Fair and World's Fair."

DownHome 06/30/08 10:25 AM

"Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see"

Grandma and mom always said it. makes sense.

downhome

BaronsMom 06/30/08 10:33 AM

"He/She/You/I don't know diddley-squat"

(just fun to say diddley-squat)

My dad - "Stop acting like a dingleberry"

sugarbush 06/30/08 11:31 AM

Isn't that slicker than snot on a door knob!

akhomesteader 06/30/08 11:35 AM

"It ain't over till it's over"
"When you come to a fork in the road take it"

Yogi Berria

soulsurvivor 06/30/08 11:54 AM

Don't make no never mind.

You're cruisin for a bruisin.

Lands sakes alive.

If you had a penny for every thought, you'd be broke.

sugarbush 07/01/08 05:52 PM

I know a bunch, but most are not suitable for this web site.

Some examples are:
It's colder than a Well Digger's -----

That's about as much good as a pi$$hole in a snowbank in June.

----- over Entrails

Going helliddy-ding-dong

That went over like a fart in church.

Poppycocked

Mollycottled (simular to jerry rigged)

Out in the dillywacks.

Zipporah 07/01/08 08:21 PM

Fiddle sticks :banana02:

MariaAZ 07/01/08 11:03 PM

My Bavarian mother has a few that SHE grew up with in Germany and has used on occasion;

He/she lies like a newspaper - describes a compulsive liar

This one requires some minor modification to make it family-friendly:

If the dog hadn't stopped to relieve itself, it would have caught the rabbit. But it wasn't the relieving, it was the squatting - describes someone using a lame excuse for their actions.

Columbia,SC. 07/02/08 12:02 AM

I wish I had time to really get started!
better than snuff and not half as dusty
well 'tihs' the bed fred
I'm lovin this cow, you just hold its tail
he'd love a rattle snake if someone held it's head
she thinks the sun rises when she gets out of bed
I zigged when I should have zagged
the first dog that barked is the first one blamed
the squeaky wheel gets the grease
water rises to it's own level... I.E. you are no better than the folks around you (my moms best advise) Take that to the bank!
Take that to the bank, not refering to the above.
you bet your sweet @ss
he's a 'sot' I.e. drunk, not really sure of the meaning
built like a brick tihs house
he is as useless as a screen door on a submarine
I could go on and on,,,,
but i need to sq----- one --- and hit my sa--
night all,
my all time fav is my sig below, I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy ,,W.C. Fields

soulsurvivor 07/02/08 12:40 AM

Rattlin that gate ain't gonna help.

Sure nuff.

What's matter? You got flea knees?

Been there, done that, ain't goin back.



Best read with your eyes on.

goes along with

Best listen with your ears on.

OUVickie 07/02/08 12:48 AM

When someone says "Is that right?!"

My Uncle replies "Taint right, but it's so!"

Peacock 07/02/08 01:24 AM

I wish I could remember all the sayings from my parents and my grandma. Makes me miss them so much.

____ or get off the pot (make up your mind)
God willin' and the crick don't rise (if nothing unexpected happens)
Cattywampus (crooked)
Womperjawed (crooked)
Three sheets to the wind (drunk)
You're preachin' to the choir (we KNOW...give it a rest already.)
You got ants in your pants? (stop fidgeting)
Fiddlesticks!

I am currently reading "Starship Troopers" by Heinlein for a class. I mention this because there are a few sayings that I really like from that book. This is one that really made me laugh:

"Shucks and other comments."

It's just so much like something my dad would say!

heather 07/02/08 07:23 AM

"Never say Never"

YoungOne 07/02/08 09:02 AM

My mother was past her time as was my grandmother so while most of my friends parents were fall back hippies my mother quoted the Women's Temperance Movement with....

"Lip's that touch liquor shall never touch mine"

EDDIE BUCK 07/02/08 11:38 AM

The one i've heard all my life, but never agreed with. "Its not wether you win or lose, but how you play the game". You will always here it in the losers dugout, but never in the winners. A Losers attitude will never win a game. Its never ok to lose. If a game is ok to lose, its a game not worth playing.

saremca 07/02/08 01:06 PM

"Slower than molasses in January" was a favorite of my grandpa's. I still say that one. The other is more of an exclamation, "Oh my stars and garters!" also courtesy of my grandpa. My kids roll their eyes whenever I say it. I doubt they even know what garters are.

rbart 07/02/08 07:21 PM

"No good deed goes unpunished"
"if a bullfrog had a glass *ss he would only hop once"
"if a bullfrog had wings he would not bump his *ss when he hopped"
"if wishes were horses then beggers would ride"

Hexe 07/02/08 09:24 PM

Even if I repeat what's been posted:

Waste not - want not

The Lord helps those who help themselves

That dog don't hunt

Corky 07/02/08 09:36 PM

Useless as teats on a boar hog!

Behave or I will clean your plow!

It's the same thing only different! (that is my favorite!) I use this a lot.

When told there is no such thing I ask them, then what is a synonym?

soulsurvivor 07/03/08 02:19 AM

Night night sleep tight don't let the bedbugs bite.

Hitchin your mule to the wrong plow.

Even doodlebugs have a job to do. ( doo? ) :)

Spinner 07/03/08 02:30 AM

When the kids said "but everyone else (is going, or gets to do it, or whatever else they wanted and the answer was 'no')" I'd ask them "If your friends jumped off a cliff would you do it too?" Basically meaning for them to think for themselves instead of following the crowd.


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