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Posted by ESC on April 21, 2000

In Reply to: Safety posted by charles Hamlin on April 20, 2000

: There are many sayings here in Appalachia which are quaint by today's standards. Many of these archaic expressions are disappearing forever although once in general usage. Some of them are crude, some are politically incorrect. It is sad that we no longer can say what we mean, or that we no longer can say things in a benign way which are so precise but someone will take offense. I am Appalachian but I don't necessarily take offense at "hillbilly" references. I am part American Indian but the sterotypical indian stuff doesn't bother me.

My saying---As safe as if you were in Abraham"s back pocket and him fixin' to sit down. Abraham in the Bible (Abraham's bosom) There are so many more!

Here are some country sayings sites:

A Country Rag/country talk http://web.paticafe.by.net/Heartland/1293/sayings.html Examples:
Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit. -- expression of surprise
Don't p** down my back and tell me it's raining. -- take responsibility for what you do

Southern Sayings http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/Square/3002/sayings.html
Wild as a peach orchard hog.
So buck toothed he could eat corn-on-the-cob through a key hole.

Ya'll Come http://www.accessatlanta.com/global/local/yall/culture/sayings/
He's so ugly, he's gotta sneak up on a glass of water to get a drink.
You'uns play purty now. (Try to get along with each other and not fight.)

And these are sites with Canadian expressions if my geography is correct (and I am sure someone will tell me if it's not) http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/6645/express.html and http://members.tripod.com/~GenNB/phrases.htm