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I have found myself using somewhat quaint terms that I have heard all my life and have no explanation of what they really mean.
i.e: " My ass is grass".....I used this term tonight to refer that my cat, Ted, is out...on the loose and must be brought in before DD gets home and finds out....
Another one is "ass over tea kettle".   Yet another is "got my ass in a sling over that".
My mom used to refer to my oldest brother being "Pecks bad boy"  (I finally had to google that one)!
What are some terms that you have grown up with and it elicits a smile or a cocked eyebrow when you use it.

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((((DD))))! Glad to see you!!!
I've been thinking on this for ten minutes now...I got nothing. Maybe I just don't recognize it in myself??
Come on Quinn....there must have been something your folks said that made you go..."ummmmmm"!


I don't want to 'google' everything..? Come on.....somebody give me a bone....!
O, my Dad used to say, "If it don't run chrome it." I won't bore you with the details, but it had to do with substance over style...
My mother still uses the term "Peck's bad boy", mostly to describe my brother Chris, but sometimes to describe any of us kids.

I've mentioned here before, but I'll mention it again....my grandpa used to say "Well, ain't that just titty fa-la". He usually said it when something didn't go right, or didn't go according to plan. He was a Dutchman from Zeeland, Michigan. I wonder if it was a local phrase?
My dad always gave me good advice about preparing for my future. He would 'splain to me that if I didn't get good grades in school I'd end up "sucking hind tit". When I'd get spiffied up for a date he'd say, "you can polish a turd but it's still a turd". I'm still trying to overcome issues.
Okay, Sugar......the complete phrase is "Your ass is grass.....and I'm the lawn mower."

Having your "ass in a sling" means you're either in a lot of trouble or are going to hurt...from having your arm in a sling.
One I've always liked from around here......A pretty, sexy woman....would "be enough to make your teeth sweat."
And of course..."Wouldn't that knock your hat in the creek?" ....meaning something went terribly wrong.
The ones I can think of are easy to understand. I'll think on it some more, but this is all I got so far, Jaylee, & I think they're quite self explanatory-

I just made it "by the skin of my teeth"
"An idle mind is the devil's workshop"
"if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
"The hurrier I go, the behinder I get." - that one has proved sooo true to me so many times. ;-p
Or.... ."he's about as handy as a back pocket on a shirt"........self explanatory.

Or maybe...."he's as worthless as tits on a boar hog".........also self explanatory.
Gee, Baby Dodger - you are too much! Let me try to think after I stop laughing...

"Don't get your panties in a bunch!" I didn't know what that truly meant until wearing a thong. I now see that a baby's behavior with panties all bunched-up was the meaning...

My dad had a cool way of saying he is leaving the house to do something: "I gotta get cuttin' now."
As a child I always ran to find my round scissors so I could help him.

"You are campus-ed for 2 weeks," my grandmother would say, meaning I am 'grounded' for bad behavior. This usually meant much time on the "davenport."

Don't waste tin-foil. Put food back in the ice-box. These are the rules.
but what if we're furless, DD?? hehehe....
I used to hear this one a lot when growing up: time to redd up this house. Meant to straighten up, clean up, etc.

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