Funny Sayings Heard Here and There…

Just recently I watched an old episode of “Mike and Molly.” One of the characters, Mike’s police partner’s grandmother, referred to a tiff her grandson and Mike were having as “two monkeys having a poop-flinging fight.” Once I stopped laughing, I started thinking of funny sayings in general.

From a website called the 25 (give or take) funniest expressions in Maine, there are these:

  • Mainers don’t put things “in the basement”…they go “down cellar.”
  • Mainers don’t put things “in the basement”…they go “down cellar.”
  • Mainers don’t take out the “trash”…they deal with the “culch.”
  • Mainers don’t say “that was good”…they say it was the “finest kind.”
  • Mainers don’t move things in small amounts…they move them “just a dite.”
  • Mainers don’t say “I lost it”…they say “it’s down cellar behind the axe.”
  • Mainers don’t get “get drunk”…they “catch a buzz on.”
  • Mainers don’t get “sick”…they get “peekid.”
  • Mainers don’t “steal”…they “kife.”
  • Mainers don’t say something’s “awesome”…they say it’s “savage.”
  • Mainers don’t take out the “trash”…they deal with the “culch.”
  • Mainers don’t say “that was good”…they say it was the “finest kind.”
  • Mainers don’t move things in small amounts…they move them “just a dite.”
  • Mainers don’t say “I lost it”…they say “it’s down cellar behind the axe.”
  • Mainers don’t get “get drunk”…they “catch a buzz on.”
  • Mainers don’t get “sick”…they get “peekid.”
  • Mainers don’t “steal”…they “kife.”

And my personal favorite that I heard all my life was this one: “madder than a boiled owl.”

From Texas Monthly, here are some I actually heard while living in Texas:

 

  • It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
  • That’s close enough for government work.
  • Might as well. Can’t dance, never could sing, and it’s too wet to plow.
  • I could sit still for that.
  • You can’t beat that with a stick.
  • He’s all hat and no cattle.
  • She’s all gurgle and no guts.
  • He chamber-of-commerced it.
  • So crooked he has to unscrew his britches at night.
  • She’s more slippery than a pocketful of pudding.
  • He’s slicker than a boiled onion.
  • She could start a fight in an empty house.
  • He’s the only hell his mama ever raised.
  • She’s in a horn-tossing mood.
  • She’s so contrary she floats up-stream.
  • So dry the catfish are carrying canteens.
  • So dry the trees are bribing the dogs.
  • Drier than a popcorn fart.

Also from living for a few years in Texas, I found myself answering a question to go out for drinks after work: “well, I might could.” I remember the first time I had to call in to work to let them know that I would be there in a few hours because my car sh*t the bed. This is a common saying up here in the Northeast, but down Texas way, they look at you, perplexed and say “do whut?” (Which means “come again?”)

From Movoto about Massachusetts’ funnies:

Wicked

What is means everywhere else: Evil. What is means in Massachusetts: used as a modifier, “wicked” means “really” or “extremely,” or as in, “it’s WICKED cold out there!”

Regular

What it means everywhere else: Ordinary.
What it means in Massachusetts: The only way to take your coffee: with cream and sugar, of course.

Vineyard

What it means everywhere else: Where you go to get wine.
What it means in Massachusetts: Martha’s Vineyard AKA an island with beautiful beaches, lighthouses, and dry towns. Strangely enough, not a place where wine is commonly made.

Ma

What it means everywhere else: A short way to refer to your mother.
What it means in Massachusetts: THE only word you use to refer to your mother.

Dunks

What it means everywhere else: Slams a basketball into a basket.
What it means in Massachusetts: Dunkin’ Donuts AKA a holy place for all people in Massachusetts and the ONLY place anyone should ever buy their coffee

Lobster

What it means everywhere else: A crustacean. And it’s pronounced “lobstah.”
What it means in Massachusetts: The most delicious food EVER that should only be eaten on a roll.

Bubbler

What it means everywhere else: Like, the bubbles you blow?
What it means in Massachusetts: A drinking fountain.

The Cape

What it means everywhere else: What Batman wears.
What it means in Massachusetts: Cape Cod, but we never call it that. It’s just “The Cape.” Here you can find the most beautiful beaches in the world even if they are, unfortunately, overrun with tourists.

Frappe

What it means everywhere else: an iced drink
What it means in Massachusetts: a milkshake. Note: If you order a “milkshake” in Massachusetts, you’ll just get flavored milk. If you actually want some ice cream in there, you’ve gotta order a frappe.

Chowder

What it means everywhere else: A type of soup
What it means in Massachusetts: CLAM chowdah. And it’s gotta be creamy. None of that Manhattan crap.

There are funny sayings in every state, and probably are around the world as well. Since I’ve lived in New Hampshire, Maine, Texas and Massachusetts, these are some beauts. Enjoy!

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One thought on “Funny Sayings Heard Here and There…

  1. Jodi says:

    Wow – these are funny and many I haven’t heard of! (I think you accidentally repeated a few Mainers… unless that’s a Mainer thing too! wink!)

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