|"bless her heart" - said after making a negative comment about someone "She is not too smart, bless her heart"|
"he's like a one-legged man in an a__-kicking contest" - someone is working hard, but getting nothing accomplished
"off like a herd of turtles"
"love in a cottage is he__ in a hut" - love may be rosy some times and rough the others.
"don't spit in the air, it may fall on your nose" - watch what you say, you may have to retract your statement
"dont cut off your nose to spite your face"
"all ashore that goin' ashore!" - we are here
"daaaayyyyylight in the swamp!" - wake up
"don't put the cart before the horse"
"six of one, half dozen of another" - it's all the same
"greenhorn" - someone is just starting to work in the woods or as a fisherman
"skunked" - If you go fishing or hunting and come back empty handed
"God's rolling logs around up there" - thunder
"marble orchard" - cemetery
"it's comin' a gullywarsher" - raining hard
"it's a real frog strangler" - raining hard
"you see some sights when you haven't got a gun" - when you see someone really weirdly or badly dressed
"you're fixin' to get a whippin' or I'm fixin' to ..... (go to town or whatever)"
"pretty is as pretty does"
"well don't feel like the Lone Ranger" - you are not alone
"when you find the money tree be sure and tell me."
"right now, a pig on a plate is worth two in the pen"
"I'm not as green as I'm cabbage looking" - when we try to pull the wool over someone's eyes
"the cow is out of the barn"
"slower than molasses in January"
"as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs"
"colder than blue hell"
"scarce as hen's teeth"
"knee high to a grasshopper"
"thigh high to a mule"
"runnin' around like a chicken with its head cut off"
"hotter than the hinges of hell"
"jumping from the frying pan into the fire" - from one bad situation into something worse
"like the kettle calling the pot black"
"may be small but he's wound tight"
"shaking the dew off the lily"
"it takes a big boy to whip a little man"
"smell bad enough to stink a dog off a gut wagon"
"a wit of the nit type"
"don't let your mouth run off 'til your brain's in gear"
"shinier than a new penny"
"grinning like a Cheshire (Chessy) cat"
"a knife so dull you could ride it to New York"
"a chip off the old block"
"leave a dead dog lie"
"pitch black" -dark
"as common as house dust"
"right as rain"
"more fun than a barrel of monkeys"
"more than one way to skin a cat"
"not worth a hill of beans"
"like water off a duck's back"
"madder than a wet hen"
"you can't get blood out of a turnip"
"useful as a pogo stick in quicksand"
"haven't been there for a coon's age"
"charge it to the dust and let the rain settle it." - used when someone wanted something but had no money to buy it
"yun side." - the other side of where you may be standing
"nothing goes over the devils back that don't come out from underneath his belly" - if someone does wrong to someone.....they in turn will have something done wrong to them.
"what goes around, comes around"
"he/she is showing his true colors"
"might as well be spittin' in the wind" - to no avail; not doing any good.
"never buy a pig in a poke"
"a hard nut to crack"
"she (or he) has been around the teacup looking for the handle." - very experienced
"bury the hatchet"
"where there's a will there's a way."
"no point of closing the barn door after the horse is stolen."
"raining like pouring pee out of a boot."
"a knife so dull it won't cut hot butter"
"raining like cats and dogs"
"you're pulling my leg"
"you're yanking my chain"
"grin and bear it"
"slick as a whistle"
"tougher than a baked owl"
"tougher than a bag of hammers"
"slick as a smelt"
"that dog don't hunt" - bad idea or flawed logic
"slick as a ribbon"
"happy as a tick on a fat dog"
"not worth the bait in a rat trap"
"shakier than and old coon"
"heavier than a dead preacher"
"skinny as a raffle turkey"
"like fleas on a dog"
"as welcome as a skunk at a lawn party"
"big hat, no cattle" - all talk and no action
"he thinks the sun come up just to hear him crow" - he has a pretty high opinion of himself
"she's got tongue enough for 10 rows of teeth" - that woman can talk and talk.
"it's so dry the trees are bribin' the dogs" - We need some rain
"just because a chicken has wings doesn't mean it can fly" - appearances can be deceptive.
"they ate supper before they said grace" - Living in sin
"you can put your boots in the oven, but that doesn't make them biscuits" - you can say whatever you want about something, but that doesn't change what it is.
"cold as a well digger's knee"
"don't get your panties in a wad" - patients
"he could sit on the fence and the birds would feed him" - lucky
"he'd argue with a wooden Indian" - argumentative
"he couldn't organize a pissing contest in a brewery." - worthless
"he'll squeeze a nickel til the buffalo screams." - cheap
"don't trip over the outhouse." - caution
"tired as a boomtown whore." - tired
"don't squat on your spurs."
"if you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas."
"more fun than a barrel of monkeys!"
"it's better than a sharp stick in the eye."
"I'm busier than a cat covering crap."
"off like a herd of turtles"
"between a rock and a hard place"
"shootin' the breeze" - talking with friends.
"when the cows come home"
"slept like a rock"
"eat like a pig"
"clean as a whistle"
"fresh as a daisy"
"the boob tube"
"knock it off"
"a bunch of malarkey"
"cute as a bug's ear"
"knock your socks off"
"the early bird gets the worm"
"better late than never"
"hind site is better than fore site"
"waiting for my ship to come in"
"wish in one hand and ____ in the other"
"left high and dry with no pot to pee in."
"kick the bucket"
"six feet under"
"in my prime"
"early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise"
"slow as molasses"
"nice as pie"
"hit the hay"
"rise & shine"
"smooth as silk"
"moxie" - a lot of guts
"can't see the forest for the trees"
"well he’s got some brass ones don't he?"
"that makes about as much sense as a jar of dirt."
"too bad, too sad, life goes on."
"fell out the cracker tree."
"one gene short of a marble"
"fit as a fiddle"
"flat as a "flitter"
"low as frozen molasses going up hill"
"o dark thirty"
"aren't you just the cat's pajamas!" - all dressed up
"jacking their jaw" - talking a lot
"ah, button your lip" - shut up
"slingin' the bull."
"going to town" - going shopping
"in the boondocks" - out in the woods.
"way out in the boonies" - way out in the woods
"goosepen" - a burned out stump
"ain't fit to tote guts to a bear"
"like a red-headed stepchild"
"rode hard and put up wet"
"fixin' to learn big wood from brush" - learn a lesson
"whipped like a rented mule" - lose the game
"I didn't come up the Clyde in a banana boat"
"I was born at night, but not last night!"
"my train fell off the track"
"kick a bush" - go to the 'powder room' when you're out in the woods
"wool choppin'" - hair cut
"ear bobs" - earrings
"ran sacked the place"
"I work like a slave to bring in the bread"
"chompers" - false teeth
"neat as a pin"
"cool as a cucumber"
"ride like the wind"
"gettin' your ears lowered" - hair cut
"if the devil don't find me and the crik (creek) don't rise"
"if the good Lord willin' and the crick don't rise"
"in a pig's eye"
"can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"
"spit quick or die."
"numb as a hake" - hake is a fish
"can't get theyah from heah" - can't get there from here
"slicker than froghair"
"plain as a mud fence"
"tougher than a cob"
"tighter than dick's hatband"
"looser than a fart in a windstorm"
"older than dirt"
"he/she "would lie for a nickel and the truth worth a dime"
"cuter than pink slippers"
"gayer than a birthday tablecloth"
"randier than a boar coon"
"He'd gripe with a ham under each arm"
"I’m hungrier than a bitch hound dog suckin' pups"
"She's uglier than a mud fence"
"It'd be a dark night at the well before she'd get a drink- (In other words, she's so ugly she'd only get her water from the well at night to avoid being seen.)
"I'm hotter than a popcorn fart"
"I'm sweatin' like a whore in church on Sunday"
"I'm too pooped to pop." - very tired
"I'm a stuck duck in a dry pond" - meaning a very difficult situation to get out of
"It's so noisy in here, I can't hear myself think."
"It's about as useless as a sore thumb"
"It's colder than a well digger's butt in Idaho."
"I'm worn to a frazzle" - very tired
"It came a real gully-washer last night." - lots of rai)
"Whew, I'm hot as a bear!"
"There were so many people, you couldn't stir 'em with a stick.
"took off like a cat hit in the a__ with a boot jack"
"he’s pretty as a speckled pup"
"He’s drunker than Old Cooter Brown"
"He came in 3 sheets in the wind" (to describe someone drunk)
"He's tighter than a fiddle string" -very conservative with money - He doesn't know "You’re gettin' just a little bit too big for your britches -- I may have to take you down a notch or two."
"Oh, it's too far and snakey."
"Don't just sit there like a frog on a log"
"I'm so thirsty I could drink the well dry"
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