Strange Idioms And Phrases

I would like to further our discussion from earlier in the week about various phrases and idioms that we hear or used to hear when we were kids.

I’ll get this party started as best I can.

For Sneezing, I have heard (and I’m sure there are many more):

  • Bless You
  • God Bless You
  • Gesundheit!
  • “Bless us and save us, said Old Mrs. Davis”

When you are hot, or it is hot outside:

  • Hotter’n two rats fucking in a wool sock!
  • Hotter’n the hubs on a merry-go-round.
  • Sweatin’ like a sow

When you are cold, or it is cold outside:

  • It’s colder than blue blazes.
  • It’s colder than a witches tit out here.
  • Colder than a well diggers ass.

If you are nervous:

  • I’m as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
  • I’m as nervous as a queer at a wiener roast.

And a few more off the wall ones for good measure:

  • That’s the best thing since sliced bread.
  • You can’t polish a turd.
  • You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
  • That’d go over like a fart in church.

I find it funny when I hear someone pronounce wash as “worsh”, or water as “whuter”.

I was out with some friends one time, and there was this smokin’ hot girl walking by. Not your everyday pretty girl, this girl was b-e-a-utiful in every since of the word. My buddy calmly said, “I’d drag my balls through a mile of broken glass just to hear her fart over a walkie talkie.” That’s quality my friends, true quality.

So what about you? Tell me what strange phrases and words you love, or hate.

17 thoughts on “Strange Idioms And Phrases”

  1. French speakers say, “sante” when someone sneezes.

    You should talk to my grandfather. He has more of these than any human being I have ever met. Unfortunatley, I don’t think I can repeat most of them here, but there a few that are ok. He has also developed his own vocabulary and system of spelling to go along with his idioms.

    1) One time I ran over a chain with a hay mower and screwed it up royally. While we were working on it he got frustrated with it and he looked at me and said, “YOU KNOW, YOU COULD FUCK UP A FREIGHT TRAIN.”

    2) Another time we were walking around a pasture field clearing limbs off of the fencing when I commented that there seemed to be a bunch of dead trees, to which he replied, “IT’S THAT GOD DAMNED AIR COMPLUTION.”

    3) Yet another time we were using a generator when it started to rain, I said something about turning off the generator and said, “you had better not touch that thing while it’s raining or you will get ELEXECUTED.”

  2. We always said “Hotter’n blue blazes” – not colder. Colder was “than a witches teat.” The Evil Twin often says “Hotter’n the hinges of Hades”. I don’t know where he got that one from. My dad used the phrase “Do what?” when asking someone to repeat themselves. My husband says the same thing and is the only other person I’ve ever heard doing that.

    Another phrase I got from my husband: “Uglier than a bag of assholes…. with all the pretty ones taken out.”

    And an unwise move will “go over like a turd in a punchbowl.”

    I know I have more, but it’s not even 7:30 and I’m only half awake. I’ll have to think on this a bit more (with coffee!). 🙂

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  3. We always said “hotter than blue blazes” too (the blue part of the flame being hotter than the yellow.) As far as phrases, you really covered them all for me, I think. We just kind of make up our own. Our favorites were always coming up with new shorts – you know “he’s a few bricks short of a chimney?” You can get REAL creative with that. 😉

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  4. Garrick – I think grandparents are the best source for real quality lines.

    ETW – A bag of assholes? HAHA! That’s great! I gonna make it a point to use that today.

    Kyra – A few fries short of a happy meal?

    Christina – I like that one to!

    Efen – I’ve never heard about the 3 balled tomcat.

    Tim – I heard “Gag a maggot off a gut wagon” one time.

  5. I once got a letter from my dad that described the weather outside as “raining like a tall cow pissing on a flat rock”, and my grandmother used to say “the devil is beating his wife” whenever it was raining while sunny.

  6. I’ve herd these:

    Loose lips sink ships. (information can )leak to the enemy)
    Who let the cat out of the bag? (who told the secret?)
    Spilling the beans. (see above)
    Caught red handed. (caught in the act, basically)
    On cloud nine. (in good times, i suppose)
    I’d Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me than a Frontal Labotomy (I’d rather be drunk than crazy)
    Spilling the beans.
    Up the creek without a paddle.
    In the limelight.
    It’s raining cats and dogs.
    Curiosity Killed the Cat
    knee high to a grasshopper (young)
    at sixes and sevens (distraught)
    stool pigeon (a person who betrays their friend)
    Caught Red Handed.
    Harder than Herding Cats
    As busy as a bee.
    If I Had Eight Hours to Chop Down a Tree, I Would Spend the First Six Hours Sharpening the Axe (success in preparation)
    As Easy as Pie (easy)
    Three Sheets to the Wind (really drunk)
    all that glitters is not gold

    … I’ve met a lot of very strange people, so I know a lot of these sorts of things.

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