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Beat a wooden hen

Posted by John Wiseman on March 11, 2010 at 17:44

My mother, who was born in rural North Texas in 1923, always used this phrase when she saw something that was unexplained or astonishing. She would say, "Well don't that beat a wooden hen a peckin'". I have never heard that phrase used anywhere else. Any help with if this was a known phrase or just something the family made up is appreciated. Her parents families both moved to Texas, one from Kentucky and one from Mississippi, in the 1880's. Thanks in advance.