Friday, July 3, 2009

Fine as Frog's Hair

from Emily Bryan . . .
Every family has someone with a verbal gift. In my family, it's my dad. (You can see some pics of him and my mom at my MySpace. We took an Alaskan cruise together in 2007.) His speech has always been peppered with colorful euphemisms and obscure sayings. Some of them were related to his job. He was a "hoghead" (railroad engineer) for over 40 years. So if something "wasn't all coupled up," we knew there was a problem.

Here are a few of his favorite sayings and their translations:

"Slick as snot on a brass doorknob" ~ The roads are icy.

"Half a bubble off plumb" ~ There's something shady about all this.

"Fart in a skillet" ~ A very nervous person

"Colder than a well-digger's knee" ~ Very cold (This is the sanitized version!)

There are too many for me to list here. It makes conversing with my dad (who will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow!) always interesting and sometimes bewildering.

Do you have any unusual family sayings? Is there anyone in your crew who has a way with words?


Gerri Russell July 4, 2009 at 9:31 AM  


Happy Birthday to your dad! What a great day to have a birthday. :-)

EmilyBryan July 4, 2009 at 2:21 PM  

He always gets a bang out of it! Sorry. That was bad.

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