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Not as green as cabbage looking

Posted by Shae on March 10, 2004

In Reply to: Not as green as cabbage looking posted by Barney on March 10, 2004

: : : : A phrase used by someone recently was

: : : : "not as green as cabbage looking"

: : : : Anyone know the origin (or even the meaning) of this please

: : : 'I'm not as green as I'm cabbagey looking' means 'I'm not as stupid as I might look.' A related expression, meaning much the same thing is 'I didn't come down with the last shower of cabbages.' 'Fraid I don't know the origins.

: : It sounds Southern to me but I haven't found it in a reference yet.

: It sound very Irish to me.

I think you must be right, Barney. I've never heard it outside Ireland. Sometimes the shower of cabbages can be a shower of turnips. Irish turnips are Swedes in Britain and something beginning with 'b' in the US. Confusing, isn't it?