In one innocent moment out of the blue, when you least expect it, something comes tumbling out of someone's mouth so unexpectedly that it catches you so off guard, that hysterical laughter ensues. This is exactly what happened on Sunday, Oct. 23 when Magnolia
Blossom graced the state of Oregon with her down to earth, Mid-Western style, wit and humor.
By now, you've probably had a chance to read
Candice's blog, and
Magnolia Blossom's blog . You will know we had a good time. You will know about the sights we saw. You will know about food we ate. You will know Portland proudly wears it's badge of honor and is genuinely proud of their "weirdness", but what you don't
know about is some of the hilariously funny moments we had. One such moment was the blurting out of a saying to a situation that I honestly don't even remember. What I do remember is 4 women in a car and a lovely lady from Illinois in her most calm voice,
declaring "well $*%t the bed"....What did she just say???? It was one of those moments that suddenly we just couldn't control ourselves. The more we laughed, the funnier it got. And no matter how many times you said it, it somehow took on a life of it's own.
She said it was one of her dad's expressions and something she always heard growing up.
I'm sure on many occasions in her adult life, she's had an occasion to pull this and many other gems out of her memory bank. This of course got me thinking about regional sayings and expressions. I don't necessarily consider myself a wordsmith, but I do
love the written word, and the spoken word. What I really like though is regional dialects and expressions and the stories of their origins. Every area of this country has it's own unique dialect and form of self expression. With it's home spun, folksy, charming
way some of my favorites come from the Mid-west. The following are deeply rooted and firmly planted in America's bread basket (this is a food site after all)
"Hotter than a two dollar pistol", translates to, 'mad'
"Busier than a 3 legged cat covering his poop", translates to, 'busy'
"As worthless as a 1 legged guy in an a$$ kicking contest", translates to, 'good for nothing'
"Hosed", translates to 'screwed'
"Happier than a pig in a poke", translates to 'happy'
"Putting on the dog", translates to, 'trying to impress'
"Finer than frog's hair", translates to 'fancy'
"Living high on the hog", translates to 'fancy lifestyle'
"Got you over a barrel", translates to....see hosed
"Go off half cocked", translates to 'half baked idea'...remember food site :)
"Put the screws to...." translates to, 'cheating someone' (usually ends with someone getting hosed)
"Stay in the truck", translates to, 'I've got this situation under control'
"Workin' like a stink bug rolling a turd uphill", translates to 'working hard'
"Sell the farm", translates to 'give up'
"Bought the farm", translates to 'died'
"Deader than a door nail", translates to 'dead'
"Colder than a well digger's butt", translates to 'pretty darn cold'
"A couple three", translates to 'a small quantity
"Two shakes of a dog's tail", translates to 'a short amount of time'
"Make hay while the sun shines", translates to 'doing something at the appropriate time'
"Strike while the iron is hot", translates to 'do something quickly'
"Long row to hoe", translates to 'a difficult task'
Then there are the wholesome words like "Cripes".....As in "oh for Cripes sake" , or Holy Moly, (not to be confused with Mole), and no, I'm not making fun of anyone, cuz sure as shootin', I don't want to burn in heck!
Share with me some of your favorites.