Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It's All in How You Say It

Thank you all for your responses. I would like to have emailed you all back, but most of you have your Blogger accounts set up so that you can't get email responses. Get on that, people!

Anyway, I felt like I was losing my mind, so it's nice to know I'm not crazy. Or if I am, at least I'm in good company! A friend brought me a fortune cookie today that said "Tomorrow is a new day; you should begin it well and serenely." And I will. On 10 mg of Lexapro.

In my post yesterday I started to say that I felt as "mean as striking snake," which is common southern expression. It's pretty self-explanatory I think. And that started me thinking of some of my other favorite expressions. Now I know "Bless his/her heart" is a favorite example people use of the Southern two-facedness (it's a word!), but I have to admit I'm not sure I've ever actually heard anybody say that. But here are some I have heard:

He's grinnin' like a mule eatin' briers.

She's madder than a wet hen.

He's happier than a pig in shit.

If the good Lord's willing and the creek don't rise (for the uninitiated, that means that you'll do something you say you will if it's at all possible).

Save your confederate money, honey (said when I wanted money for something and I wasnt' going to get it).

I know there must be hundreds of others but my brain has gone on strike and so what started coming to mind are some of my family's sayings. I had an uncle whose commanding officer in the army used to respond to requests with "not only no but hell no." I heard that one quite a bit growing up and I'll be adding it to my stable of responses once the kids are a little older.

My mother was a probation officer my whole life and so if something was a mystery we always said "it's a misdemeanor to me." If something was missing it had "absconded from supervision."

Mr. Daddy has added "pig bitin' mad" and "fruit loop frenzy" to our immediate family's lexicon. Together he and I have bastardized a line from Fargo, one of our favorite movies, so that whenever a decision needs to be made and I'm leaving it up to him I say "It's your deal, Wade."

It's like a family's secret language. Do you have one?

5 comments:

Robyn said...

We absolutely do and I'm sure we sound nuts to outsiders!

maggiegracecreates said...

Abby and I use the phrase "that's trashy" to refer to teenager unmoral behaviors. So when I was in the hospital the other night all I said was that boy can't come over here for "trashy" tonight.

For more southern sayings like your go to www.blindpigandthe acorn.com

My friend Tipper is awesome.

Lauren said...

We say, "SON OF A BISCUIT!!!" when something goes wrong. It's almost as satisfying as the real thing....

The Thrailkills said...

He/she is a few fries short of a happy meal............for people who annoy us with their crazy behavior.

Katie said...

What a fun topic! I'll have to think of some. :) My youngest sister always says "Oh my BOB," instead of omg (so my mom wouldn't kill her). And I used to say "Son of a turtle" until I realized a toddler saying that isn't much better than the real thing. Trash talkin' in my house amounts to calling to some on, "Oh, yeah? Well I bet you're a Yankees fan!" lol - I didn't realize so much of my secret language was for cursing! Shame on me! lol