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Thread: HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT?

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    I have found that my grandkids don't have the benefit of some of the old sayings that I grew up with. the other day I was talking about cleaning my sewing room. Mind you, just talking about it! My oldest , age 20 mentioned something about how I was going to do that by myself. She's not wanting to hurt grandma's feelings by telling me what a mess it is. I told her, "Just like you eat an elephant. One bite at a time." She looked at me like I was crazy! Have any of you ever heard that saying, or is it just me?
    when I explained to her what it meant, she said that made sense. I think she still thought grandma was crazy, but she accpeted it.
    Do any of you have "old sayings" that thid younger generation probably haven't heard of?
    Please tell me I'm not the only one.

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    i knew the answer before i even opened your post and it is true they dont know the sayings

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    when I saw the topic, my first thought was "one bite at a time"! in my work, I find that young kids just don't know the adages I grew up with, like one swallow does not make a summer, a bird in the hand..., or things like knowing that moss grows on the north side of the trees. sad, at least to me.

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    I'm 56 but that is a new saying to me?????

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    I grew up with you never sew on Sunday. Every stitch you sew on Sunday.....you would have to take out with your nose in heaven...If that is so I'll have my work cut out for me in heaven:)

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    one bite at a time. My Dad uses this one on me all the time.

    I think the "younger" generation may not know these, but honestly how many of you use them in front of your kids?

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    This one is new to me also.

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    I was having a real difficult time recently and that was the attitude I adopted. I kept telling myself- several times a day- just a bite...

    After a week the elephant was gone. Good saying.

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    My mother always said:

    There's more than one way to choke a horse to death than feeding him cornbread.

    When you dreaded telling someone something or confronting them she'd always say: They might kill you but they can't eat you.

    or - "Well, if that don't beat a hen a worming with a wooden bill"

    and "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink"

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    one bite at a time. My Dad uses this one on me all the time.

    I think the "younger" generation may not know these, but honestly how many of you use them in front of your kids?
    I use them all of the time without planning to - they just pop out when I'm talking. My sons know and use them. My DDILs didn't know them and one thought her husband (my 43 yr. old son) is crazy and uppity at times because we also use what DDIL calls BIG words. I just happen to hear a word and it is immediately absorbed into my daily mental word bank. My husband says "there you go using those BIG words, again.) My favorite college class was Linguistics that taught the origins of words and sayings.

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    I am 45 and grew up hearing many of these. Just wish I could remember them all. My DH has saying for just about everything. His dear sweet mamaw taught him so many. She was born, raised and died in the hills of southwest VA.

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    can't say i've heard that one. though my first husband was forever telling me elephant jokes.

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    I use that saying ALL THE TIME. It helps as a reminder to break big projects down into manageable chunks.

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    It's new to me but I love it.

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    One bite at a time! Thats what I thought when I saw your post. Last week on the way home, DD was flippin the stations and stopped on this awful song that sounded like a broken record, literally!I said " please turn that broken record off". They all looked at me strange. Oldest DS who's 12 said "say what? :lol: So I had to go over the whole spiel about you know those black disk looking things Mom has in the closet..... And how about," Well I'll swan"(I'll be darned) or sittin here like a bump on a log.Or " Well, bless your heart" "Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs" and a newer one "he/she's one fry short of a happy meal :lol: :lol: Those may just be a southern thing :lol:

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    "Fit to be Tied" that was my granmas favorite1

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    " Like a hen on a June Bug", "A Pole Cat in a sack", and "Like two pigs fightin' under a blanket" come to mind immediately. Several others do also that I remember my Dad saying, but those are un-typable...

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    Well if that don't beat all!!
    My kid's look at me like I am crazy when I say that.

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    I'm 23 and I know that saying. My mom uses it sometimes. I remember one time at church, someone had said that saying and everyone looked around dumbfounded. And my mom said, one bite at a time. And people asked her what an elephant tastes like because they actually thought she ate one.

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    I also knew even before I read the post what the answer was. I grew up hearing a lot of these sayings. I use them many times and my dear grandchildren just look at me. Of course there are a lot of transplants from other parts of the country and even some from overseas in my circle of quilting friends at they look at me slightly funny sometimes when I come out with something I have heard all my life in Texas.

    mltquilt

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    rather than say bad words, i usually say Rats in a Hat! and i'm from Houston.

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    My grandchildren don't know "supper", they know "dinner".
    They don't know "cellar", they know "basement".
    But the one that really shows my age.....I referred to someone as "her nibs" and none of my children (all in their thirties) knew that term.

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    Then theres "he's as nervous as a toad eating lightening" which sure does bring up some interesting mental pictures. Makes me think of Don Knots when he was faced with a crook in Mayberry.
    And all of THAt calls for some explanation of old TV shows!!

    All day preaching and dinner on the grounds. That one is a real oldie, used to have traveling preachers going through the mountains and staying for a week or so in one place under tents.

    Running around like a chicken with it's head cut off!! I know one lady who is like that, one simple thing go wrong with her day and she's nervous, upset and loud and scared!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    I am 45 and grew up hearing many of these. Just wish I could remember them all. My DH has saying for just about everything. His dear sweet mamaw taught him so many. She was born, raised and died in the hills of southwest VA.
    My Mamaw was born, raised and died all within 15 miles of Gate City, VA. She had a saying for everything. Some I can't put on the board even!

    Shoot fire and save matches!
    Who beat him with the ugly stick?
    Pat a biscuit but leave a pone alone.
    Finer than a frog's hair split four ways.

    These sound much better if you can imagine a nice southern accent with them.

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    How about Ugly as a mud rail fence!

    or They was fitten all day long

    put it in a poke sack

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