Every area has it funny little colloquialisms, and Parry Sound, my hometown, was no different than any other small town. I've been endeavouring to come up with a list of some that I can remember growing up with. I'd love to hear back from people, which ones are familiar to other parts of the country, and which ones are just wonderfully unique Parry Soundisms.
- Fine as frogs hair - a pretty good compliment - everything is hunky dory
- Scarce as chickens teeth - couldn't be had for love nor money
- By the holy old white pine - I think this just replaced less kosher expletives
- A real ring-tail snorter - usually referred to the fish that got away - must have been a dandy
- Holy Old Bald headed mackeral - not sure, but I think it replaced something less savoury
- You're the stuff to put around apple trees - the highest compliment my grandfather ever paid his children, think about it!
- Lord willing and the river don't rise - the sanitized version of "come hell or high water"
- Do you mind the time? - do you remember when such and such happened? It was usually long before your time.
- Dumb as a bag of hammers- not really a compliment
- Ain't that a corker? - an unbelievable coincidence or happening
- Homely as a stump fence - she weren't too purty
- Lazy as a pet coon - akin to "work tickles his fingers"
- Arse over teakettle - have a good trip last fall?
- Thick as a brick - strong back and a weak mind
- Well for land's sakes - usually an expression of surprise at meeting someone unexpectedly
- Old as the hills on your granny's chest - I'd have to assume it mean prehistoric
- Old as dirt - Ten years older than above
- Tough as shoe leather - usually in reference to beef from a cow that should have been burgered
- No use crying over spilt milk - get over it, what done is done
- Upset the apple cart - things got a little out of kilter
- I didn't fall off the turnip wagon yesterday - I'm a little too old to fall for that one
- Crooked as a dog's hind leg - watch your back, you're about to get skinned
- Like a bull in a china shop - clumsy as a three legged chicken
- Useless as the tits on a bull - not much earthly good to anyone
- A waste of skin - see above
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And that is about all I have to say for today.
Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.