Sunday, January 25, 2009

The sayings we grew up with...

This is a work in progress, as we keep thinking of new ones. Earnie's folks, especially her Mom, had a saying for everything, and sometimes she even pulled the old switcheroo and combined sayings in funny ways, We called those Jennyisms. Here is the first installment, as the list grows longer...

1. Don’t step on a crack or you’ll break your mother’s back.
2. He is true blue.
3. A man’s word is his bond.
4. He has more ….than Carter has liver pills
5. He has more ….than Carter has oats.
6. Lord, have murder.
7. He is as good as gold.
8. Good gravy!
9. No grass grows under my feet, big boy.
10. For Pete’s sake!
11. Crooked as a barrel of snakes.
12. She looks like a million bucks.
13. More fun than a barrel of monkeys.
14. Me and Old Willie will get er done.
15. See you later, alligator, after while, crocodile.
16. He is the salt of the earth.
17. Once in a blue moon.
18. He was deader than a doornail.
19. I’m going to hit the hay.
20. Glad you got to talk to me.
21. We’re on an even keel now.
22. I’ll give you a nickel if you’ll get me a cup of coffee.
23. Every man puts his pants on the same way- one leg at a time.
24. Don’t ever do anything in the dark you’d be ashamed of in the light.
25. If you have one good friend in this world consider yourself blessed.
26. The only thing you can take with you is your character.
27. Two heads are better than one.
28. Glad to see your back.
29. You make your bed and then you have to sleep in it.
30. Have a little who shot John? (liquor)
31. Good night and good riddance!
32. Good night, Irene.
33. Trust is the hardest thing to get and the easiest thing to lose.
34. I was all dressed up and no place to go.
35. You sure are all duded up.
36. She is putting on airs.
37. He is cute as a bug in a rug.
38. Look what the cat drug in.
39. That’s as bogus as a two dollar bill.
40. I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.
41. He come by it honest.
42. Like falling off a log.
43. Like a needle in a haystack.
44. A day late and a dollar short.
45. That went over like a lead balloon.
46. Pride goeth before a fall.
47. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
48. He’s a chip off the old block.
49. Like water off a duck’s back.
50. Like a duck on a junebug.
51. Do you know what this is? It’s the world’s smallest violin.
52. Age is just a state of mind.
53. If you have a roof over your head and food to eat and you are warm, then you are rich.
54. Time is something you can never get back so spend it well.
55. One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go!
56. My dogs are barking tonight.
57. She was pollyfoxing around.
58. He is a gadabout.
59. She is up to no good.
60. That was a boneheaded thing to do.
61. No point in beating a dead horse.
62. No point in crying over spilled milk.
63. This thing is bass-ack’ards.
64. This thing is jerry rigged.
65. Dam the torpedoes, full steam ahead!
66. Mama is having a hay- henhorrage.
67. Mama is pitching a hissy –fit.
68. Cute as a button.
69. Playing with a deck of 51.
70. You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
71. He is meaner than spit.
72. That’s like spitting in the wind.
73. He was tighter than a drum.
74. If the good Lord’s willin, and the creek don’t rise…
75. He spends money like its going out of style.
76. Naked as a jay-bird.
77. If you don’t have anything good to say don’t say nothing.
78. Like a pig in a poke.
79. Go fly a kite.
80. Kick off your shoes and set a spell.
81. Make yourself at home.
82. If you’ve got the money honey, I’ve got the time.
83. For pity sake.
84. Going to hell in a handbasket.
85. No point in beating around the bush.
86. He is as drunk as a skunk.
87. Last but not least.
88. Champagne taste on a beer budget.
89. Mama is throwing a conniption fit.
90. He is an acid head.
91. She is two faced.
92. Mercy me!
93. That’s the icing on the cake.
94. Happy as a tick on a hound dog.
95. It’s raining cats and dogs.
96. She was nervous as a cat.
97. So poor he didn’t have a pot to pee in.
98. That’s like the pot calling the kettle black.
99. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
100. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
101. Here today and gone tomorrow.
102. He’s rolling in gravy.
103. What you see is what you get.
104. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
105. I am plumb tuckered out.
106. She is as blind as a bat.
107. Playing cards till the cows come home.
108. Like shooting fish in a barrel.
109. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
110. Just put one foot in front of the other.
111. She’s been around the block a few times
112. Better safe than sorry
113. God works in mysterious ways.
114. I was between a rock and a hard place.
115. Bless her heart!
116. My goodness gracious sakes alive.
117. Famous last words!
118. We’ll be sure to alert the media.
119. Rise and shine!
120. Top o' the mornin’ to ya!
121. My goodness gracious sakes alive!
122. Beware the red-eyed monster (jealousy)
123. He was like a flash in the pan.
124. I had to rob Peter to pay Paul.
125. As I live and breathe!
126. Pretty is as pretty does.
127. He got too big for his britches.
128. The jig is up!

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