Thursday, April 11, 2013

Old Sayings





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Old Sayings

When my friend’s husband was having surgery one day and we were just sitting around for hours in the waiting room, someone came up with the idea to write down as many old sayings as we could think of.  We took turns with all of the people who were there waiting with us, and we came up with one old saying after another!  Some of them were so funny….and we sometimes would stop and say, “What in the world does that mean?”, or “where do you think that old saying came from?”  It really helped to pass the time.

I mean, have you ever heard some of these? 

There’s no flies on sister!
It’s no sweat off my back.
Good honk!
Well I’ll swan.
Shoot fire and save matches.
It takes one to know one.
I’m slap happy.
I’m sitting pretty.

It is so much fun in a group of people to just sit and think of these kinds of expressions that we all heard when we were growing up.  And it seems there is just no end to them.  They make you laugh, and they also make you “scratch your head!”  (There’s another one!)

Here are some more:

You ain’t just a whistling Dixie.
Come hell or high water.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Better safe than sorry.
Don’t cry over spilled milk.
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Better safe than sorry.
Don’t put your cart before the horse.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
You’ll be up a creek without a paddle.
Don’t get up on the wrong side of the bed.
Right as rain.
The early bird gets the worm.
Step on a crack and you’ll break your mother’s back.
Pretty is as pretty does.
A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.
Take it like a man.
Buck up skippy.
Isn’t this fun?  I could sit here all morning and not run out of sayings. 
My mother grew up in Texas, and she sure had a million sayings and expressions like this.  One of them she always said when we kids did something wrong was, “I’m gonna tan your hide!”  That sounds Texan doesn’t it?  (smile)  Oh how I miss my sweet momma and all of her sayings.  What were some that you heard when you were growing up?  I wonder if people still use a lot of these…or maybe they are dying out?  I don’t know…maybe this current generation has some of their own that will stick around, and their kids will be learning them to pass on to their kids!

Let me think of some more:

That’s a hard pill to swallow.
You’ve bitten off more than you can chew.
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise!
You can get more flies with sugar than you can with vinegar!
Never under estimate the power of a woman.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
Never on Sunday.
Someday never comes.
Cross my fingers hope to die.
We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Oil and water don’t mix.
Marry in haste, repent in leisure!
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Liar, liar, pants on fire!
I’ve got ants in my pants!
You look like death warmed over!
You’re over the hill.
Under the weather.
You eat like a bird.
You’re so thin you could blow away.
I haven’t seen you in a month of Sundays.
As the crow flies.
Let’s sleep on it.
Like a drop in the bucket.
Waste not, want not.
For crying out loud.
It was like taking candy from a baby.
I’m gonna crack the whip.
You’re itching for a fight.

We’ll as you can see, it is hard to stop once you start.  (You see, that was another one!)
You should try this at your next party or family gathering.  Everyone will like it…and it will “knock their socks off!”

Linda Hogeland…April 2013






16 comments:

Jeanie said...

There is a lot of wisdom in many of these sayings. "Pretty is as pretty does" is the one I heard over and over from my mother.
Fun post.

Our7isheaven said...

WOW! enjoyed reading those, some I've not heard since I was a kid, some I still say and my kids look at me funny :)
Thanks for the fun post :0 :)

Bijee said...

Wow! That was fun sitting here reading these. Some brought back some childhood memories. It's funny cause my hubby's grandfather has them for days!!! I swear he just makes them up on the spot. I love those old sayings.

BARBIE said...

This post was too fun! Thanks for sharing all of these sayings. Found me asking, "what on earth does that mean?"

Elaine - I used to be indecisive said...

I haven't heard some of these for years! Thanks for reminding me of them.

drieskewrites said...

I loved reading these sayings. As I'm Dutch, I only know some of them. But I'm learning fast ;) Have a great weekend.

Martha Kasper said...

Thank you for stopping by!
What a great list!
I said "Jumping Jehoshaphat" one day at work. That was one I remember from back in the day!

Have a great day!

restlessjo said...

Good grief, you were really trying there, Linda! Love the whistling Dixie. Not heard that but it depends which bit of the world you're from I guess.
Keep chuckling! :)

Ron. said...

Ok. Now that really hits the spot.

Xiomara | Equis Place said...

Those are a lot of old sayings. I really don't know what some of them mean, but they sound hilarious just the same.

Jess said...

Linda I adored that post!What fab sayings!Im going to sneak a few and intermingle them into my daily play on words!Thanks for sharing!

Hilary said...

now I have to put my tin foil thinking cap on...

Debbie Petras said...

Gee Linda, you are good at remembering. I have one to add to your list: Money doesn't grow on trees.

So glad we reconnected through Facebook.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Austine Etcheverry said...

What a fun game. I love the background of your blog it is beautiful. I loved the one about flies. Thanks for stopping by my blog last week. Have a fantastic week.

Brandi said...

So many fun sayings. Some were new to me, so I really enjoyed reading through your list. Thank you for sharing.

Deanna said...

hahahahahaaaa
I didn't realize that there are so many that I do use.

You did great at sharing these.
Funny,
d