More old folk sayings are being lost every day. I grew up hearing them everyday and I miss them as they disappear from our vocabulary.
I said in the first article I wrote how much I love these Old Folk Sayings, but in case you haven’t read the first article, I will repeat myself. I grew up hearing all these colorful sayings every day. I didn’t know how unique we were at the time and I didn’t appreciate our heritage as I do now.
Our people came from Ireland, Scotland, Germany and England. They brought the Old World language with them to the North Georgia hills and kept it much longer than other parts of America. It has all but disappeared now and it makes me sad to see it go.
I heard Ingerns for onions. Kivers for covers, closet for bathroom, and so many I have forgotten. I wish I had written them all down, but I wasn’t interested at the time. Some of the phrases pop in my head and when I use them everyone gives me a look as if to say” Have you lost your mind?” My better half encourages me in my foolishness though. He is from South Africa and he likes the sound of it. He also likes my north Georgia Hill Billy accent.
Some of those phrases I remember are written below:
- He has a yellow streak down his back a mile wide.
- Grinnin like a suck egg hound.
- That hen rules the roost.
- Like a fox in the hen house
- Don’t try to feed me sour grapes.
- It will all come out in the washing.
- Blow the soot out of it.
- Hold your horses.
- Two cooks in the kitchen will spoil the broth.
- Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.
- Like a fly to honey
- The devil take him.
- You better watch out, old scratch will get you.
- The devil take the hindmost.
- Give him tit for tat.
- Don’t blow hot air in my face.
- You’ve got me between a rock and a hard place.
- Have you come to see how the poor folks live?
- Pretty is pretty to the skin but ugly is ugly to the bone.
- She’s so ugly the devil wouldn’t have her.
- She wears the pants in that family.
- What she says goes in one ear and out the other.
- He’s a chip off the old block.
- Has the cat got your tongue?
- I’ll knock you ten day to Sunday.
- You can put that where the sun don’t shine.
- They treat me like a red headed step child.
- Put up or shut up.
- Put your money where your mouth is.
- My daddy didn’t raise me to tell lies.
- He’s as sneaky as a yellow bellied hound dog.
- The truth will out.
- Listen to him cuss a blue streak.
- It never rains but it pours.
- He’s as mean as a rattle snake.
- She’s smart as a whip.
- They are a rag tag bunch.
- She’s cute as the dickens.
- You can’t trump my ace.
- He has her in his back pocket.
- He’s hen pecked.
- There he goes shittin and a flying.
- That dog won’t hunt.
- She’s uglier than a mud fence.
- He acts like he’s got a burr up his butt.
- If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.
- Put up or shut up.
- Just as shore as God made little green apples.
- Shut your fly trap.
- Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
- She’s purty as a new penny.
- He’s the pure d devil.
- Don’t she think she’s something?
- She’s tryin to act proper.
- Don’t give me that hound dog grin.
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