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Say What?


I am not sure where these old sayings came from down through the years but some of them sure are interesting to hear.  Take a look at this collection of old sayings and phrases that I have come across.  I would love to hear from you if you have any others that you have come across that are funny or interesting.


  • Those prices are as high as a kite
  • Or those prices are as high as a cat’s back
  • It’s about as useful as a 13 hour clock
  • You’re going to spoil your dinner
  • You don’t want to look like a street-walker do you
  • Everybody looks good with their clothes on
  • Don’t spend everything you got in one place
  • Hard work won’t kill you
  • You can hear anything but money rattling and the truth
  • Freezing horns off a billy-goat
  • Dark as a stack of black cats
  • Dark as pitch
  • Hard as a brick bat
  • I would recognize his hide in a tanning yard anywhere
  • Tight as bark on a tree
  • Keep it up and I’m going to knock you in the head and tell GOD you died
  • Slow as Christmas
  • Did you pinch that baby and make her cry
  • I’m going to tan your hide
  • You can’t testify unless you were holding the lantern
  • His mouth is not a prayer-book
  • They go through money like water
  • Well if that ain’t the pot calling the kettle black
  • He is as thin as a rail
  • I have been so upset lately my ceiling looks like a woodpecker got to it
  • Don’t let the bed bugs bite
  • Go rub the sleep out of your eyes
  • Poor as a church mouse
  • I felt like a yo-yo I had to go to the bathroom so much last night
  • How are you?  If I was any better I couldn’t stand it
  • She is as fit as a fiddle
  • If I didn’t have bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all
  • He was a slow as molasses
  • You are so cranky this morning you must have eaten barbed wire for breakfast
  • I’m so hungry I could eat a horse
  • She was as mad as hornet
  • What time is it?  Time to get a watch
  • I ate so much they’re going to have to roll me out of here in a wheelbarrow
  • You don’t have the sense GOD gave a goose
  • She was as crazy as a loon
  • Let’s make like a tree and leaf
  • He was as strong as an ox
  • I need that like I need a hole in the head
  • Do you have cotton in your ears or something
  • Keep the sunny side down
  • Make sure you have a clean pair of underwear on if you get in an accident


  1. floridaborne says:

    I’ve heard most of those and said a lot of them over the years. It was fun to read so many sayings I rarely hear anymore. I remember asking my mother what difference it would make to be wearing clean underwear in an accident if everything else was a bloody mess? I didn’t consider the other kind of mess that level of trauma can induce. 🙂

    It’s hard for anyone born near the 21st century to imagine a time when a kite flew higher than anything else on Earth, or oxen were used to haul the heaviest items loaded onto a wagon. And few of us remember that, once upon a time, “street-walker” was the name used to describe a prostitute.

    A few of the sayings are incomplete [I need that like I need (another) hole in the head]. One word can make a huge difference. But one blogger pointing out the imperfections of another is sort of like the IPod calling the Android a smart phone. 🙂

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  2. TermiteWriter says:

    The old Tennessee Ernie saying … “Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockers.” One of my favorites.

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  3. I used to hear, “Don’t worry. There’s a Mr. Right for every girl. My mother always thought I’d end up with “someone special.” I also heard, “Don’t worry. if (friend’s name) can do it, you can. You’re just as smart as her.” 😀

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  4. tabitha59reachingout says:

    Pretty funny. I have only heard about a half dozen of those. My mother used to always say, “with friends like that, who needs enemies?” and a few others I am still trying to forget. It’s funny the things people come up with. Thanks for the amusing post. 🙂

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