Friday, March 31, 2006

RevGal Friday Five, Southern Edition

The Friday Five is about classic family phrases; in my case most of these are part of the great body of Southern colloquialisms. I came up with way more than 5.

  1. Crazier than a blind dog in a meat house.

  2. You can’t get blood from a turnip.

  3. You have the [family name] temper.

  4. He doesn’t know his a** from a hole in the ground.

  5. You can’t make a silk purse out of sow’s ear.

  6. He’s got no more sense than a jackrabbit.

  7. Runnin’ round like a chicken with its head cut off.

  8. Give your momma (or daddy) some sugar.

  9. I’m plumb tuckered out.

  10. She was having a hissie fit.

  11. I think you’re gettin’ too big for your britches.

  12. Don’t you get sassy with me, missy.

  13. I haven’t seen him in a coon’s age.

  14. Crazier than a bessy bug.

  15. Butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.

  16. I don’t know him from Adam.

  17. Stop all that caterwaulin’.

  18. Lordy mercy (an all purpose phrase to express fatigue, surprise, dismay, and so on)

And the one that made me hoppin’ mad:

Intelligent people are never bored.


  1. Ah! that last one... my mom's version was always "bored people are boring." Oooh did that make me mad.

  2. I like the blind dog in a meat house one. Funny! And what is a bessy bug?

  3. My grandma used to tell people having a bad hair day, or otherwise just plain not looking right: "You look like a mow-mow. I always wondered what a mom-mow was. Must not be good.

  4. Yeah I can see this is more than 5. Anyway they're nice. Here's one - Gone with the dogs.

  5. I'm with Andrew. I hear nearly all of these and more everyday. :) lmao

  6. I'm with Andrew. I hear nearly all of these and more everyday. :) lmao

  7. My family says almost all of these. Except my mom says instead of "tuckered out" that she is "all give out." :-P

  8. I haven't heard these two before:
    Crazier than a blind dog in a meat house.

    You can’t get blood from a turnip.

  9. I didn't have time to play this meme, but your answers look a lot like mine.

    Two additions:
    Happy as a jackass eating briars.
    Do something you don't want to, for once!

  10. These are great! And verrry familiar. (Except for the blind dog one! That is a new classic.)

  11. Y'all, I miss the south! On my last visit, my sister-in-law asked my son to "give her some sugar" and he didn't know what to do!

  12. I'm from the North. I suppose that might be the reason I don't understand half of these. But I still love them apart from the last.