Posted by Mom on December 17, 2002
In Reply to: Texas saying: Cute as a Bug's Ear posted by Bob on December 15, 2002
: : Howdy! First of all, I just ran across this website, and find it fascinating! And now, to the point: we're famous in Texas for all our little sayings, such as "that dog'll hunt," etc. We're also a melting pot of sorts--we've German, Spanish, Czech, French, English, African, American Indian, Lebanese, and dozens other influences that played significant roles in how our country (yes, we WERE OUR OWN COUNTRY FIRST) was settled--we just wouldn't be the same without them. One of our sayings that I can't for the life of me figure out if it originated here, or was brought here is: "Cute as a bug's ear." People here use it in conversation when we really admire something, such as "Did you see her new hat? Now, that's just as cute as a bug's ear." Does anyone else out there know where this might have come from?
: In a previous discussion (you can type "cute" in the search box and find a lot of answers) the earliest reference noting this saying was in 1930, but I haven't found a regional identification yet.
I've never heard "cute as a bug's ear", but here in Alabama we do refer to something or someone being "cute as a speckled pup".