Expressions Used by My Parents

Pearl Harris

These are some of the “old sayings” used when I grew up. There are a lot of different “sayings” in different communities. These are strange to young people, as they do not know what they mean. But the young people today have a way of communicating with each other that we do not understand. When they text message they use only letters and numbers to get their message across. They do not space out words like we do. I am going to list some of these and jumble up the meanings – so see if you can match the answers to them.

  1. The ox is in the ditch
  2. Played Whaley
  3. Mash your mouth
  4. I’ll be Johnnie
  5. Slick as a whistle
  6. Pulled the wool over your eyes
  7. Played smacky
  8. Whomper jawed
  9. Ugly enough to stop a freight train
  10. Old as mother gala
  11. Skinny as a rail
  12. Knee high to a grasshopper
  13. Flat as a flitter
  14. Not worth a doodly squat
  15. For the love of Pete
  16. What in tarnation
  17. Land sakes alive
  18. What in the Sam hill?
  19. Lick your calf over
  20. Right smart
  21. Tan your hide
  22. Tickle your fancy
  23. Worry the horns off a Billy Goat
  24. Smack dab in the middle
  25. Tight as Dick’s Hatband
  26. A lick and a promise
  27. How the cow ate the cabbage

Meanings: (Match the meaning below with the saying above)

  1. The truth
  2. Pleases you
  3. Do it better second time
  4. What’s going on
  5. Punish
  6. A whole lot
  7. Half do a job
  8. Too tight
  9. Really flat
  10. Old, old
  11. Did well
  12. I’ll be “darn”
  13. Made a “boo boo”
  14. Work that has to be done on Sunday
  15. Cleverly done
  16. Nag or pester
  17. In the center
  18. My goodness
  19. No good for anything
  20. What in the world
  21. Really thin
  22. Crooked – not straight
  23. Really, really ugly
  24. My, oh my!
  25. Short in statue
  26. Deceived someone
  27. Slap your face

Be careful – if you solve them you might tell your age!

Just in case you can’t get some of them, here are the answers:

  1. 14
  2. 13
  3. 27
  4. 12
  5. 15
  6. 16
  7. 2
  8. 22
  9. 23
  10. 10
  11. 21
  12. 25
  13. 9
  14. 19
  15. 2
  16. 6
  17. 24
  18. 4
  19. 3
  20. 11
  21. 5
  22. 18
  23. 16
  24. 17
  25. 8
  26. 7
  27. 1

 

 

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