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Quaint Sayings

sayings-familyYes, every family at all generations have quaint sayings or phrases used all the time. It can be interesting to look back over some of these and recall how many times you would hear them and especially which relative was known for saying each. They are sometimes referred to a hometown sayings or back porch advice.

If you can recall some of your family quaint sayings, do write them down to add to the family history. Check with other family branches and see which ones they recall.

“If you’re born to be shot, you’ll never be drowned … so don’t be afraid to get wet !!”

“Three sheets to the wind.”

“This world is going to Hell in a handbasket!”

“He who hesitates is sometimes saved.”

“It’s cold as kraut in here”

“Don’t make me cloud up and storm all over you.”

“Love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”

“Close the door, you weren’t raised in a barn.”

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”

“If it’d been a snake, it’d have bit you!”

“Got by the skin of my teeth.”

“Bless Your Heart!”

“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.”

“Just short if a full deck.”

“I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday!”

“That went over like a lead balloon”.

“You have to go a Fur Piece.”

“What in the ‘Sam Hill’ are you kids doing?”

“You get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.”

“It gives me the heebie jeebies.

“Pardon my French!”

“Doesn’t that just rot your socks?”

“Dad Burn It!”

“Whatever blows your dress up!”

“How do you like them apples?”

“Two shakes of a lamb’s tail.”

sayings-southernPhotos: Speaking to your relatives and Southern Phrases

Related genealogy blogs:

Ancestral Phrases and Sayings

Sayings Over the Decades

Old Words Now Used Again


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