Older generations are often confused by words and phrases that younger generations say. The same can hold true for things that the older generations say. Have you heard of any of these old time sayings? Do you know what they mean or where they came from?
As the crow flies
|The distance between point A and B might be 10 miles. However, the road in between may be curvy or detoured because of obstacles in the way which would make it longer than 10 miles. When crows fly, or really any bird, they fly in a straight line. Therefore, when telling someone a distance, you can say it is 10 miles as the crow flies but in reality, the real traveled distance could be longer.|
Well butter my biscuit
|This is usually a positive expression of astonishment upon learning something unbelievable.|
|This phrase generally refers to leaving quickly, being forced to leave quickly by someone else, or taking advantage of a propitious opportunity to leave. Getting out while the getting’s good.|
That’s the cat’s meow
|This old phrase originated by American cartoonist Thomas “Tad” A. Dorgan which refers to something that is considered outstanding.|
I’ll be a monkey’s uncle
|Interchangeable with “When Pigs Fly” is used to express complete surprise, amazement or disbelief as its commonly used to acknowledge the impossibility of a situation in the same way that “pigs might fly”.|
When pigs fly
|Interchangeable with “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle” is used to express complete surprise, amazement or disbelief as its commonly used to acknowledge the impossibility of a situation. Often used as sarcasm as someone will do something “when pigs fly”. Basically saying they will never do it.|
|Another old phrase originated by American cartoonist Thomas “Tad” A. Dorgan. This phrase refers to “nonsense” or something being ridiculous.|
|This one has some debate on its meaning. The most common meaning is “the height of excellence”. Some also believe the B and E’s are also short for “be-alls and end-alls”.
The Oxford English Dictionary records the expression “bee’s knee” as meaning something small or insignificant from 1797. This could make sense. Have you ever seen the knee of a bee? I’m sure it’s pretty small!
Go chase yourself!
|This phrase is a not so nice way of telling someone to go away and stop bothering you.|
Let’s blow this popsicle stand!
|This phrase is just a silly and creative way to say “let’s leave” or “get out of here”. Maybe it was said to lighten the mood, or create excitement in an otherwise boring situation?|
Now you’re on the trolley!
|Similar to a saying of “Not the sharpest tool in the shed”. You might explain something over and over and the person just isn’t getting it. The person finally catches on and this phrase is just that, they caught the trolley!|
Did we miss any old-timey sayings? What would you add to the list (keep it clean)? What does it mean? Add it in the comments!