Being Lily-Livered Is Not Fun at All

@Corbin5 (100029)
United States
April 10, 2017 1:30pm CST
I was watching a rerun of the old sitcom, "Laverne and Shirley." It was the character Squiggy who called someone "lily-livered." We used to hear one cowboy after another call someone "lily-livered" in those old TV Westerns that flooded our TVs back in the day. In medieval days, it was the good old liver that was the organ that held courage. If the liver possessed by a human was filled with red blood, that person was brave as could be. The liver of a coward was drained of blood and was thought to be as a pale as a lily, probably a white lily, and perhaps, a pale pink one. I have been "lily-livered" at times due to my fear of heights. Driving in the city of Chicago definitely has my liver the color of a white lily! Most of us are "lily-livered" at times, and at other times, our livers are filled with blood a plenty!
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@DianneN (74433)
• United States
10 Apr 17
I'm lily-liveried when it comes to snakes and spiders. I'm petrified of them!!!!
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
10 Apr 17
Me too. I will choose to remain lily-livered around snakes and spiders.
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@DianneN (74433)
• United States
10 Apr 17
@Corbin5 I choose to remain petrified of them, too. There is no way I want to be desensitized- ever!
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@TheHorse (62237)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Apr 17
Do pictures bother you? I almost posted my rattlesnake photo, just to be a brat.
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@marguicha (90519)
• Chile
10 Apr 17
Interesting! There is also an old spanish saying that associates liver with courage. And I agree. It depends on our fears. And, I will add, of our age
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
10 Apr 17
I never knew of that Spanish saying. How cool is that? Yes, we all have different fears and I seem to fear different things that I never feared before when I was younger.
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• Pamplona, Spain
10 Apr 17
Courage can fail us sometimes and we would not be human if it did not. A lot of people have a fear of heights it takes courage to admit it that is what it takes courage therefore you cannot be lily livered.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
10 Apr 17
I am not going to get over my fear of heights. I live quite well with it. I am good.
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• Pamplona, Spain
10 Apr 17
@Corbin5 Even more courage to say that. I make myself go up the heights even though my legs are shaking but you would not know it.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
10 Apr 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 You have more courage than I do, my friend!
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@TheHorse (62237)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Apr 17
Oh, I forgot about that idiom, or whatever it is. I kindo sorta got the meaning right once I read your title. I'm lily-livered when it comes to getting my blood drawn.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
My sister is a fainter every time she gets her blood drawn. Someone always has to be ready to catch her. She has a black-belt in karate, but she is lily-livered in that area.
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@TheHorse (62237)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Apr 17
@Corbin5 Why does she keep doing it? I "serve" in other areas. But you can't have my blood.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
13 Apr 17
@TheHorse If Sis sees a black eye she faints. Not sure why she is a fainter, but we had to be ready to catch her. She fainted when she saw her scar from a surgical procedure. I actually sewed her a covering she could wear in the shower to cover the scar from a surgical procedure when she took a shower. What a wimp! I will let you keep your blood!!!
@rebelann (38914)
• El Paso, Texas
10 Apr 17
I'd bee totally lily livered about going to a big city like Chicago or NYC, both give me the creeps.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
10 Apr 17
The traffic freaks me out. I have no sense of direction either. I used to get lost in the city all the time.
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@rebelann (38914)
• El Paso, Texas
10 Apr 17
I'd be a lot worse than freaked @Corbin5 I've only heard bad things about Chicago so that doesn't help much.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
10 Apr 17
@rebelann The west side of Chicago is the worst place to be. Downtown is beautiful. The party that runs the state and city is at fault for the problems. They are feckless.
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@nanette64 (17142)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Apr 17
My Dad wouldn't have allowed me to be lily-livered @Corbin5 .
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
Yes, my dad was the same way. He had me on roller coasters and ski lifts, even though I was petrified. It did not help one bit. I will always have that fear of heights.
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@nanette64 (17142)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Apr 17
@Corbin5 Yeah, me and heights have never been good friends either.
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@Nawsheen (22942)
• Mauritius
11 Apr 17
Cockroaches make me lily livered. I am so scared of them.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
I do not like them either. Our first house was an old one, and I remember having to call someone to get rid of those things.
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@Nawsheen (22942)
• Mauritius
12 Apr 17
@Corbin5 in fact we have cockroaches mostly in summer over here. The pest control guys do have lots of work to do during this period
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@fishtiger58 (30372)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Apr 17
Bug in my house make me feel that way. I love to camp and the bugs don't bother me there, it's where they belong, But a moth gets in the house and I'm freaked.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
That darn moth!!! Hope all moths stay out of your home, my friend.
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@fishtiger58 (30372)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Apr 17
@Corbin5 me too hate all that fluttering around.
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@LadyDuck (147644)
• Switzerland
11 Apr 17
I suffer of vertigo and claustrophobia, there is nothing I can do for this, I am not particularly brave, but I do not consider myself lily-livered.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
Well, I am just lily-livered regarding certain things. Being full-time lily-livered would mean a pretty bad life.
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@LadyDuck (147644)
• Switzerland
12 Apr 17
@Corbin5 You are right, I am also lily-livered regarding certain things, just like Dianne I fear snakes a lot.
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@TheSojourner (17479)
• United States
11 Apr 17
I don't know much about being associated with livers, especially in light of mine. LOL But I just want courage. I don't know that my liver has much to do with that.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
Well, that courage is hard to come by. I suppose all we can do is face our fears and go forward anyway.
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• United States
11 Apr 17
@Corbin5 whether we want to face it move forward or not, time continues.
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@RubyHawk (21762)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Apr 17
I'm lily liveried when it comes to heights and reckless drivers and maybe a few other things.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
Sometimes being lily-livered keeps us safe!!!
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@RubyHawk (21762)
• Atlanta, Georgia
12 Apr 17
@Corbin5 I agree with that.
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@bunnybon7 (35527)
• Holiday, Florida
10 Apr 17
thats pretty funny. i am afraid mine is more lily often then not. as these days i seem to fear so much more then i ever did before.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
I have more fears now that I am older. Guess more things that are negative can happen to older persons.
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@bunnybon7 (35527)
• Holiday, Florida
11 Apr 17
@Corbin5 very true
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@Courtlynn (65612)
• United States
10 Apr 17
Never heard of that before. But guess i have been a few times as well.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
10 Apr 17
It is a strange saying and I had to find out how that saying originated. As kids, those kids without courage were called "chicken." Not sure where "chicken" meaning lacking courage comes from either.
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@Courtlynn (65612)
• United States
10 Apr 17
@Corbin5 me either
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@MALUSE (38004)
• Germany
10 Jul
When it comes to heights, my liver is also quite pale!
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
10 Jul
I will always be lily-livered regarding heights. That silly overcoming your fears thing is highly overrated.
@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
25 Apr 17
@Corbin5 - Ms Deborah - It is more common to be "tulip-faced" than to be lily-livered. Mos people are born with tulips right underneath their noses. -Gus-
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
25 Apr 17
@UncleJoe (9481)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
13 Apr 17
Mama used to cook lily-liver and onions with gravy. I can still taste the lily.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
13 Apr 17
I bet Mama's recipe was a good one!! I think your mom's recipe did away with being lily-livered tendencies in her children!!
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@OreoBrownie (3491)
• Elberton, Georgia
11 Apr 17
I remember that word. I used to like old shows.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
I still watch the old shows I watched as a kid. I really enjoy doing that.
• Eugene, Oregon
11 Apr 17
We men will rarely admit to that lily-livered thing, but it does happen now and then. Heights will do it for me too.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
I have tried to conquer my fear of heights, but no luck. I am OK with that fear. Will keep my feet on the ground.
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@hostessman (8899)
• Tucson, Arizona
11 Apr 17
at some point in time i am sure everyone has that feeling
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
Yes, sometimes we are full of courage, and at other times, not so much.
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11 Apr 17
I think I must have been born lily-livered! What a cute little thing to say.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
11 Apr 17
I was born lily-livered too. People should be very kind to lily-livered folks. We have enough problems.