Posted by The Galway Girl on 4th January 2009

Keeping the Traditions: Old Sayings

I grew up in the south and my mom is a southern girl from a good ole’ southern family. She is known for her funny old saying and so I thought I would put together a list of her saying a few others that I have heard along the way.

1. It’s so cold, it would freeze the horns off of a brass bull.
2. Wish in one hand, spit in the other, and see which one gets full first.
3. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride; if turnips were watches, I’d wear one by my side.
4. They are acting like they’ve got a bur in their tails.
5. I’m going to line your wheels.
6. Happy as a pig in the slop.
7. Hide and watch.
8. You are as cute as a bug’s ear
9. Cuter than a speckled pup or a coat in the closet.
10. I’ll be on you like a chicken on a June bug.
11. Loose as a goose.
12. Been rode hard and put away wet.
13. I feel like I’ve been drug through a knot hole backwards.
14. I’ll put a knot on your head that you can’t rub off.
15. Quicker than greased lightening.
16. Slower than molasses.
17. Great balls of fire!
18. The fruit doesn’t fall very far from the tree.
19. Give them what they want, if that doesn’t work, give em’ what they need.
20. Not the sharpest tool in the shed.
21. One brick shy of a load.
22. Sitting there like a knot on a log.
23. Ants in her pants
24. As antsy as a cat on a hot tin roof.
25. As blind as a bat
26. Lord willing, and if the creek don’t rise.
27. Lights are on but no one’s home.
28. So good, it would make you slap your momma.
29. So hungry, I could lick the sweat off the restaurant windows.
30. Got a bee in your bonnet?
31. If it had been a snake, it would have bit you.
32. Uglier than a mud fence.
33. Sharper tack and twice as flat headed.
34. A cat won’t get on a hot stove twice, but won’t get on an old one either.
35. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
36. A friend in need, is a friend in deed.
37. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.
38. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
39. Can’t put a square peg in a round hole
40. The watch pot never boils
41. Pot callin the kettle black
42. Slippery as snot on a door knob.
43. Dead as a doornail.
44. High tide raises all ships.
45. Like a fish out of water.
46. The emperor has no clothes.
47. Let sleeping dogs lie.
48.Crooked as a dogs hind leg
49. I’m gonna jerk a knot in your tail.
50. So luck, if you fell fell in a creek you would come out with your pockets full of fish.
51. You’re more trouble than all my money.
52. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
53. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
54. Scarce as hen’s feet.
55. Hotter than a 2 dollar bill.
56. Get on the stick.
57. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
58. Root, hog, or die.
59. You are as useless as tits on a boar hog.
60. Can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

    1 Response

  1. Ashley DeWitt says:

    Haha! I love these! I especially like numbers 59, 49, 42, and 10. Since I hear these like once a week.

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