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    Post Old sayings

    I was thinking I would one day do a blog, and one of the posts would concern things my parents, as well as others of past generations used to say. Some of the things were colloquial in the sense of being informal as well as specific to a region or even a family.
    Because there are so many states and nations represented here I hope people will add their recollections to this thread as well as explain what the saying meant. Some of the phrases I grew up with actually puzzle me, and some are quite clear.
    To start, my mom used to say of people, "They are poor as church mice." I doubt there is any more definite picture of poverty. Mice living in a country church would have little besides unleavened crackers and grape juice to eat. Plus the building would be empty and unheated most days.
    My dad used to say "It's a great life if you don't weaken." Which I sometimes found vaguely irritating. My dad was unnecessarily optimistic sometimes. And I am not truly sure what that means.
    My dad used to also say I was dilatory. He never went to school a day in his life and sometimes he did not use words correctly or invented words. For years I was certain dilatory was not a word and then one day I looked it up, and learned it meant procrastinating or being a laggard. But I believe my father thought he was calling me a jackass given the context of those situations. I don't want to give a bad impression of him- like most kids I was not always an angel.
    I have more to add in time, and hope others add their own
    You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us-Sappho

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    Others have probably heard it, but I heard it from an old Houmas Indian who had hunted bounty in the Indian Territory in Oklahoma during the 1920's and 1930's (my grandfather). He did a lot of hangings when the locals were too scared to do them down in Texas. I've actually been to one of the sites where he did a few hangings. The owner of the store in the late 1960's remembered him.

    One of his favorite sayings was:

    "Believe nothing that you hear, and only half of what you see."
    Speaking of the stars: " "To whom can you liken me to make me his equal?” says the Holy One.' “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. who has created these things? It is the One who brings out their army by number; HE calls them all by name. Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power, not one of them is missing." " --- Isaiah 40:25,26

    A few of my favorite pix: https://www.500px.com/ccjr221

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    I'd rather be lucky than good.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Rook

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    Soft as a babies butt.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Rook

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    Fine as frog hair
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Rook

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    It's so dry I caught a Catfish with a tick on it.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Rook

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    Madder than an ole wet hen.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Rook

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    It doesn't amount to a hill of beans.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Till the cows come home.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Lord be willin and the creek don't rise.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Rook

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    Worn slap out.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Rook

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    Heavens to Betsey.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Well, I s'wanee.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    If a pig had wings he'd fly too.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

 
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