Memories of the Past/ Old sayings

@slickcut (8141)
United States
December 29, 2007 5:49pm CST
I know that a lot of the older people on here remember, and some of you younger ones remember! Moms old saying. grandmas's old saying..As a child i heard my mother say a lot of things that i could not figure out..for instance my cousin could come by and mother would say here's so and so, calling their name why I bet he is drunker than a skunk!!! and when it started to rain really hard Mom would say,"im not getting out in that weather its raining cats n dogs...Or i don't shop at that store they are higher than a cats back...Or if someone was real thrifty she would say"he's tighter than the bark on a tree..Now do you get my drift??/Do you remember any old sayings your Mom, grandma., dad or old timers used to say when you were a kid??? If so please share..This should be fun...
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
30 Dec 07
I will have to think about that. My dad always said, "Jewing someone down." which meant trying to get a better bargain in a deal. My mother and my foster mother said "If someone jumped off the bridge(or into the lake) would you do it?" that referred to someone following the crowd. Then there was the "you can't have your cake and eat it too, burning the candle at both ends, as tight as a Scotchman," For Stupidity, 'found the dodoo bird's nest and is laughing at the eggs." and there was the favorite, "You can't see anything for looking at it," that meant you were really not paying attention. My maternal grandmother had a saying, "Old as my age and a little older than my teeth."
@dfollin (15313)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I heard "If I(he,she,they whatever the case may be) jumped off a bridge would you do it too?" And I still use it to this day. I think that's my favorite one.It makes a lot of sense and gives a real good point on ethics.
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@Polly1 (12647)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I have heard the bridge one too. Here is another one I just thought of. "Were you born in a barn" when the door wasn't closed. Or when someone whats to see something and you are in the way. "You make a better door then you do a window".
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@dfollin (15313)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Lol,yes I say both those!
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@Polly1 (12647)
• United States
30 Dec 07
This should really be a fun discussion, hehe. "you got more excuses then Carter has liver pills", "It hurts like the dickens", If anyone knows what a dickens is let me know."You catch more flies with honey then you do with vinager", "Hows them apples", Hows the ones that we all swore we would never say, "because I said so thats why", I know there are many more, I am just drawing a blank. When I think of some more I will be back. I will also be keeping an eye out on this discussion, memories are nice to share. I catch my son doing and saying some of the same things to his kids that I said to him. It brings a smile to my face and to my heart. We have some woods down the block, I used to take my son down there exploring, We would go looking for "lions and tigers and bears oh my", he does the same thing with his boys. I will use the phrase "hows them apples", I catch them saying it. Its funny that kids are doing and saying things that we all did as kids. Life goes in a circle, round and round.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Lol these are funny,my mother used the carters liver pill one..If she was expecting someone and they were late, she would say "well they must have went around by Laura's house heehee,i never understood that one..Yes an another apple one "how you like those apples"What about the one when Mom got mad and she would say to me"'You see these gray hairs in my head" well you put them there! i heard that one a lot..Or you are making me old before my time!Whwn their babies they step on your feet, when they are grown they step on your heart"
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@dfollin (15313)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I never did understand what "dickens" was either! One thing I said I would never would say and never have,was when my child was crying,"If you don't shut up I will give you something to cry about". That makes no sense.If they are crying that it IS something for them to cry about.It might be something petty and stupid to us.But,obviously not to them.
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@dfollin (15313)
• United States
30 Dec 07
You gave me these gray hairs.I used to hear that one and I've said it myself.That makes sense.
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• United States
30 Dec 07
I'm just pulling your leg(means I'm just joking),Don't beat around the bush(means tell me all about it.)Save for a rainy day(means save for a bad day when you'll really need it)
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
3 Jan 08
Don't beat around the Bush has been said a lot in my family haha
@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
30 Dec 07
Yup, my grandad was born in 1867 and I can remember him saying some funny things.... sometimes he'd say," And out run Grannie with the dishrag hanging to her nose!" or if it was gross he'd say "It was enough to turn a dog from the gut-wagon."
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Oh those are cute sayings...I thought my dad and mom knew them all, because they were always saying these things, but i have heard some new ones here today
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@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
30 Dec 07
my grandmother always said 'you don't get bees with vinegar'. meaning you only get bees with honey. Which means you must be nice if you want things...or something to that effect!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Thanks coffeeshot that is a cute one..I have heard that one before and it is true too , our older relatives were pretty smart and had a saying for it too..
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@dfollin (15313)
• United States
30 Dec 07
There were alot of old sayings.Which of most I did not understand.That one "drunker then a skunk" well I didn't know a skunk got drunk. When it would be raining and the sun was shinning too my grandmother would say "the devil is beating his wife." There were more I can't think of them all right now.I just got up.I might come back on later and add them as I think of them.
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@lpetges (3036)
• United States
30 Dec 07
heres one i havent seen on here yet.. "the only thing that stands between a good haircut and a bad haircut is-6 weeks-which means shut up and like your hair!
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@dfollin (15313)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Haven't heard that one.What area are you in? Iam in VA. It might be like fads in different areas.
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@dfollin (15313)
• United States
30 Dec 07
slickcut,This is a great discussion.Iam having so much fun thinking of things and reading other people's memories.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
3 Jan 08
well you know all the old timers had a lot of funny little says that mean something but also is funny..
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
16 Jan 08
Haha! What a fun post! Kudos to you! I can remember my grandmother would describe someone who had been drinking as "Higher than a Georgia Pine." If she was cold or the room was cold, she would say, "It's colder than a well-digger's a$$ in here!" If describing someone thrifty she would say, "He could sqeeze shi!t out of a buffalo nickel!" Geeze I miss that woman!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
16 Jan 08
Oh i have heard the one before about the well diggers a$$,but i had forgotten..I think the old sayings are funny