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    • CommentAuthorLindylou
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2017
     
    During my long talk with my partner’s MD, she started a check on the caregiver thing and asked how I was sleeping. I told her I don’t talk about that anymore. She raised up the word “Trazadone” for my partner so I could sleep better. I answered “Not on your Tintype”. And then explained no, I was not going that route again. I realized that she being an immigrant from a Muslim country, the expression would mean nothing to her. I meant the expression as “not in this lifetime”. And then I thought who but those in our generation would even know what it means.

    Then that got me thinking about all the old expressions we used that no one uses or even knows about anymore: “Hook, line and sinker”, “lock stock and barrel”, “close but no cigar”, “cooking with gas”. Our language will seem poorer when our thousands of expressions and slang words “bite the dust”.
    • CommentAuthormyrtle*
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2017
     
    eat enough to keep body and soul together
    hold the phone
    long, tall drink of water
    more than you can shake a stick at
    put that in your pipe and smoke it
    two shakes of a lamb’s tail
    wait until the cows come home
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    Some, if not all of these are idioms. The bane of learning a foreign language.
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    crooked as a hound dog's tail
    hold your horses
    whoa, Nellie
    broad as a barn

    And from one of my great-great grandpa's Civil War letters home: "The ball was fairly opened." (Referring to the start of a battle at Chickamauga.) And, "They beat a tall skedaddle." (When the Confederates retreated.)
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      CommentAuthorCharlotte
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2017
     
    If you are a NCIS fan, Ziva always was getting them wrong.

    I know many younger people have no idea what these phrases mean. Instead they use emojo or profanity.
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    hard row to hoe
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2017 edited
     
    easy as falling off a log
    piece of cake
    easy as pie
    water off a duck's back
    a stitch in time
    busy as a bee
    didn't just fall off the turnip truck
    the pot calling the kettle black
    straight as an arrow
    one's born every minute
    don't be a chicken
    at the drop of a hat
    costs an arm and a leg
    barking up the wrong tree
    elvis has left the building
    heard it on the grapevine
    sit on the fence
    the whole nine yards
    bite the bullet
    hit the sack
    pull someone's leg
    it ain't over until the fat lady sings
    ace in the hole
    a hitch in his giddyup
    mad as a hatter
    can't hold a candle to
    cheek by jowl
    clutching at straws
    dog's breakfast
    down the tubes
    pardon my french
    have no truck with
    slip them a Mickey Finn
    pony up
    don't be a stool pigeon
    three sheets to the wind
    the apple of my eye
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    Wag more .... Bark less
    • CommentAuthorOnewife
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2017
     
    Snitches get stitches
    Long walk off a short pier
    Mind you own bees wax
    Blood thicker than water
    Monkey see monkey do
    Can't get blood from a turnip
    Don't borrow trouble
    • CommentAuthorMim
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2017
     
    These are great!!!!
    • CommentAuthorOnewife
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2017
     
    Pals before gals replaced with bros before hoes
    • CommentAuthorRona
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2017
     
    When I was in my early 20's I was working for the highways department riding down a dirt road one day in a crumy, now a 4 door pickup, When this squirrel came running access the road in front of us with it's tail sticking straight up in the air. It was a defining moment for me I then realized where the phrase "high tail it out of here" came from.
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    Yes, horses will hold their tail up high sometimes when they are running away. And I think cows. (Not sure about cows.)
    • CommentAuthorlongyears
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2017
     
    About squirrels holding their tails high. This article is sort of old, but explains something interesting about squirrel vs. rattlesnake interactions . . .


    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/squirrel-hot-tail-tell-snakes/#
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    Fascinating article, longyears! Thanks for the link.

    And thanks to the posting about "high-tailing it out of here." Now that I know the etiology, the phrase enriches the language.
    • CommentAuthorFiona68
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2017
     
    I'm submitting this (rather off-color) saying which I first heard it from my wonderful husband:

    "hotter than a witch's tit"

    Never did know exactly what it meant, but it always made me laugh.
    • CommentAuthorpaulc
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2017
     
    I always heard "colder than a witch's brass tit." Reference to it being very cold but doesn't make much sense.
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      CommentAuthormary75*
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2017
     
    I guess it all depends on which witch you meet up with.
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    OH, boy! I always heard, "colder than a witch's tit in a brass bra on halloween."
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2017
     
    Cold heart cold mammaries? It's got to be tough being a witch. The crooked nose and the warts. The stupid hats. Flying around on a broom. That just has got to be completely uncomfortable in every way. Standing endlessly over cauldrons babbling curses. The cackling has to be the worst. They never get to purr "come up and see me some time" because they have to cackle everything. Long black robes. It's endless. I'd rather be a fart in a windstorm or a screen door on a submarine or the blind leading the deaf because bob's your uncle I can tell you I would never want to be a witch (with cold tits).
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    Yeah, and remember--never change horses in midstream, either.
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    "Going hell for leather"

    My father used an expression that meant much the same thing -- "Like the darky's mule", but you had to know the story behind the expression to appreciate what it meant. As my father told it, one day this man was driving down a country road when he saw an elderly darky struggling to get his mule untangled from a roadside fence. When he finally got him loose and turned around he and the mule set out plowing again down a long row, and when they reached the end of the row, instead of stopping the old mule just continues on into the woods, crashing through underbrush until the darky could get him stopped and turned around. Then back up the next row toward the road, where he again continued past row's end and into the fence. So the mam hollered out to the darky, "Uncle, is that mule blind?" "Nawsuh", he replied, "that mule ain't blind, he just don't give a damn!"
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      CommentAuthormary75*
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2017
     
    Good story, Gourdchipper.
    Here's one from my mother who grew up in a small market town in Northern Island in the early 1900's.
    "That beats Branigan and Branigan beats the devil."
    Branigan was the wickedest man in town.
    • CommentAuthorRona
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2017
     
    This thread Reminded me of a time in high school when a bunch of us were just hanging around and another fellow started making fun of one of my friends rather large nose. He just point at his nose and said. "What's in the window",then pointed at his crotch and said "is in the store". It was a good laugh.
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      CommentAuthormary75*
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2017
     
    I've always taken it as a truism.