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Fine as frog hair

Posted by ESC on July 01, 2000

In Reply to: Frog hair posted by ESC on June 30, 2000

: : Wondering about the phrase "Fine as frogs hairs".

: A frog doesn't have hair. So something "fine as frog hair" would be fine indeed.

In my part of the country (West Virginia/Kentucky), if someone asks, "How are you?" the response might be, "Fine as frog hair." Meaning I'm in good health and all is well. A related response is "Fine as wine."

But in "Whistlin' Dixie: A Dictionary of Southern Expressions" by Robert Hendrickson (Pocket Books, New York, 1993) the phrase and the meaning are a little different: "finer than frog's hair -- Very thin or fine. 'That table's nearly perfect. The scratches are finer than frog's hair.'"