Posted on June 22, 2013 by MaryJane
Posted on June 19, 2013 by MaryJane
Cultivating your inner farmgirl?
Photo by Jacob Fowzer via Wikimedia Commons
Have a little fun with your friends and neighbors by throwing out a few old-fashioned farm phrases in casual—or, better yet, formal—conversation.
After all, if you’re going to walk the walk, you might as well talk the talk, right?
I guarantee that you’ll get a giggle from the puzzled expressions you receive in return.
Here are a few dandies to dabble with:
- Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
- It’s gonna be a toad strangler (translation: a big rainstorm is coming).
- Every path has a few puddles.
- Trouble with a milk cow is she won’t stay milked.
- Fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.
- If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
- Don’t kick a fresh cow chip on a hot day.
- Always drink upstream from the herd.
- It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
- It’s hotter than a hen on a hot rock.
- The second mouse gets the cheese.
And, by all means, don’t skinny dip with snapping turtles!
While you’re on a roll, you can beef up your down-on-the-farm vocabulary with this glossary of farming terms.
Posted on June 5, 2013 by MaryJane
“Does the hitch come with the truck?”
Glampin’ Jane was fielding questions from a prospective buyer with a hankerin’ to haggle.
“Yes, ma’am. The whole shebang,” she assured.
“How about the seat covers?”
“You bet,” Jane agreed. “The full monty.”
“I’m gung-ho about going glamping in a pick-up truck,” the customer confessed.
“Will you throw in that little luggage rack for a couple hundred more?”
This gal drove a hard bargain, but Jane was set to sell,
lock, stock, and barrel.
Jane extended her hand.
“It’s a deal,” she said. “Take ’em both, neck and crop.”
Neck and crop?
the whole enchilada,
ball of wax ……….
The origin of this uncommonly uttered phrase is sketchy, but most say it had something to do with a horse (or maybe a rider) taking a spill.
I would have guessed it had something to do with a chicken.
In any case, “neck and crop” has come to mean completely, wholly, altogether, and at once.