I used to hear these expressions all the time and I still hear them occasionally. I even use them myself sometimes. They make me smile and I hope they make you smile too.

1. Butter my butt and call me a biscuit.

2. His face was so sour it could turn buttermilk.

3. Don’t go down that slippery slope.

4. Don’t upset the apple cart.

5. Working harder than a one legged man in a butt kicking factory.

6. He’s not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.

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7. Do you want me to open a can of whip ass on you?

8. His mood was darker than a stack of black cats.

9. That will put a little starch in your shorts.

10. You are preaching to the choir.

11. Who do you think you are, God Almighty?

12. Haven’t seen you since heck was a pup.

13. Jittery as a cat in a room full of rockers.

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14. Whipped as a hound dog.

15. Don’t get your panties in a wad.

16. She is hell on wheels.

17. You’re just asking me to fix your clock.

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18. She looks like a tiger fixing to pounce.

19. The apple don’t fall far from the tree.

20. That youngun is cunning as a serpent.

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21. If wishes were horses beggars would ride.

22. She’ll cast you off like a spent match.

23. Mad as an old wet hen.

24. He thinks he’s cock of the walk.

25. It’s not called white lightning for nothing.

26. She’s as ugly as a homade fence.

27. He will swear to a lie on a stack of bibles.

28. She’s mean as a rattle snake.

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29. He’s not a butt patch on you for cussedness.

30. He could represent the devil against God Almighty and come away with a settlement.

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  • Daisy Peasblossom on Mar 14, 2009

    Loved #30; I’d not heard that one before.

    Here are a couple more for you:
    When asked “what are you making?” Grandma used to reply “Cat fur to make kitten britches.” Or “Making little girl’s ask questions,”
    Children might reply one to another to a similar question: “None of your beeswax.”

  • Joie Schmidt on Mar 15, 2009

    Very interesting, fun to read article! I hadn’t heard of some of those sayings.



    -Liane Schmidt.

  • Kate Smedley on Mar 15, 2009

    I love the one about the one legged man in the butt kicking factory, some of these I know, some are new to me, thanks for putting a smile on my face!

  • papaleng on Mar 15, 2009

    great sayings and I enjoy reading your work.

  • jo oliver on Mar 15, 2009

    5 and 19 were my grandpas favorite sayings. People here in MS still use many of these sayings. They are actually quite clever, or at least a lot more clever than \”thats hot\” or \”player hater\” stuff that kids come up with today

  • Christine Ramsay on Mar 15, 2009

    What an interesting selection. I have heard of very few of them. They bring a smile to your face.


  • Fornis on Mar 15, 2009

    the first picture is so beautiful..

  • Katien on Mar 15, 2009

    Good sayings, I think I like the first one best – very catchy!

  • Betty Carew on Mar 15, 2009

    I have heard some but not all of them. Excellent write Ruby it gave me a laugh

  • CHAN LEE PENG on Mar 15, 2009

    Haha…this piece is enjoyable..

  • Joe Dorish on Mar 15, 2009

    Fun article that made me laugh.

  • Darla Beck on Mar 15, 2009

    I remember hearing a lot of those, but there are some I haven’t heard before.

  • Glynis Smy on Mar 15, 2009

    New ones to me! Good fun article.

  • Annie Hintsala on Mar 15, 2009

    Oh, that was fun! I find myself saying some of those too.

  • kathryn Newman on Mar 15, 2009

    I like It! Do some more!!! KN

  • Lady Sunshine on Mar 15, 2009

    This did make me smile. Such a fun piece, Ruby. Thank you! ^_^

  • PR Mace on Mar 15, 2009

    A very fun piece. I have heard and used a few of these myself. Great read.

  • Mark Gordon Brown on Mar 15, 2009

    Dang it, It never occured to me since moving to the country that I should talk all countrified and such.

  • Brenda Nelson on Mar 15, 2009

    Those were great, I especially liked the one about being as Ugly as a Homemade Fence… mostly because I have lots of homemade fences and they are pretty nasty looking.

  • Eunice Tan on Mar 15, 2009

    Interesting. Nice to know this.

  • rutherfranc on Mar 16, 2009

    looks like imagery and similes are not lost on these country folks.. an enjoyable read..

  • NA Staffieri on Mar 16, 2009

    Great list.

  • CutestPrincess on Mar 16, 2009

    great article as always, ruby! well done!

  • Ruby Hawk on Mar 16, 2009

    Thanks to everyone for your comments. We do say these things but not as much as in years past. I hear and say them less and less. I love all the old sayings because I grew up with them.

  • Morgana on Mar 16, 2009

    Yes, those country folk sayings did make me smile :)

  • amilia snow on Mar 23, 2009

    smile~ but i don’t get some of it…

  • mill village born on Oct 16, 2009

    I have many thats was how people talked where im from see if you like this one. you look like the dogs had you under the porch (Dirty and ragged

  • Mayor of Storyville on Dec 8, 2009

    You did a nice job of gathering, here are some others I love:

    “slipperier than deer guts on a pump handle.”
    “stronger than a garlic milkshake”
    “You’re tongue’s waggin’ like a blind dog’s tail in a meat market.”


  • Donna on Mar 7, 2010


    Like a hog on ice. Meaning someone is have trouble walking on a slick surface.

    When asked what is in the box (or closet, or bag,etc.)…Layovers to catch meddlers.

    Got my tongue wrapped around my eye teeth and couldn\’t see what I was saying. Meaning you made a error when trying to speak.

    Got a head on him like a house cat. Meaning he did something clever.

    Too many cooks spoil the broth.

    Good read. Love all those sayings. Thanks!

  • Papa Jo on Nov 18, 2010

    I know a lot of them, also did not see- that is about as tough as an elephants foot. Or – as tough as a mothers hart. Put that in the turtle hull. Open the glove pocket. Wow- showing my age here.

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