Posted by ESC on December 09, 2003
In Reply to: Brag on posted by Bob on December 09, 2003
: : : : : Hi! I was hoping you could tell me what this means, and where the phrase came from...thanks - Sax
: : : : ...and is this just a variation of 'blow your own trumpet' - which is the version I'm familiar with?
: : : "Blow your own horn" means brag on yourself.
: : I'm from the Midwestern United States and I would have said "brag *about* yourself". Is "brag on (oneself)" strictly Southern?
: I've heard it in Ohio, too. Goes along with "waiting on you" which always seemed to me a precarious place to stand.
That is how we said it in southern West Virginia. Talking about yourself (or your kids) in glowing terms was taboo. If you bragged on yourself too much, you were called a:
BLOW GEORGE - A braggart.
More about tooting your own horn:
BLOW YOUR OWN HORN (TRUMPET) - "Boast; extol what one sees as one's own merits. As early as 1576, Abraham Fleming, in 'A Panoplie of Epistles,' wrote: 'I will.sound the trumpet of mine own merits.' Shakespeare, in 'Much Ado About Nothing.' Has Benedick say: 'Therefore is it most expedient for the wise.to be the trumpet of his own virtues, as I am to myself.'" From "Dictionary of Clichés" by James Rogers (Wings Books, Originally New York: Facts on File Publications, 1985).