What phrases do you use a lot? Are their ones that you wonder how they ever came to be?
Do you say that ” I could care less” when you really mean ” I couldn’t care less!” I know I am guilty of this as I am guilty of using English in other wrong ways too! I am reminded quite often by my “English teachers.”
Do you say ” Warshing machine” or “Washing Machine” or something different? Do you say “Fit as a fiddle” for being healthy? How can being as fit as a fiddle stand for being healthy? Anyone care to explain?
How did the phrase “buttering someone up” ever come to be or the opposite, ” giving the cold shoulder?”
Why do we ask if people have “all their ducks in a row?” My ducks usually like to scatter all about, but….
Can anyone explain where the phrase “cat got your tongue” came from? I find myself in that situation a lot!
Do you “hit the lights” or “outen the lights” before you go to bed, or do you just turn them off? Do you ” hit the hay” when going to bed? Do you “red off the table and red out the dishwasher?”
Can you tell that I have some Pennsylvania Dutch in me? How many of you know what “elbow grease” is? There is a story about that saying that still brings tears of laughter when I think of it. My dear husband is involved in that story so I am considering what it may cost me before I share. 🙂
Do you say ” hold your horses” to someone when they are impatient and ” don’t have a cow!” when someone is being overly dramatic? Have you told someone that they are as “slow as molasses?”
I came across a list of words that hold different meanings if you live in Pennsylvania. I had to agree with the list, so here is your English lesson for the day.
What it means everywhere else: The sound a baby makes when crying.
What it means in Pennsylvania: A convenience store that every Eastern Pennsylvanian is at least slightly addicted to.
What it means everywhere else: A chunk of steak with cheese on it.
What it means in Pennsylvania: A hoagie bun stuffed with hot sliced beef, topped with melted cheese and often sautéed onions. Most people are passionate about their favorite shop and prepared to defend it in long, fiery debates.
What it means everywhere else: A misspelling of the popular spelling game “Scrabble.”
What it means in Pennsylvania: A combination of pork scraps, cornmeal, and flour formed into a loaf and fried.
What it means everywhere else: The phrase said in attempt to get rid of flies
What it means in Pennsylvania: A traditional Pennsylvanian Dutch pie made with molasses. (IS DELICIOUS!) You haven’t had a pie until you had Shoo Fly pie!
What it means everywhere else: President Herbert Hoover, known for starting public works projects such as the Hoover Dam.
What it means in Pennsylvania: A vacuum cleaner.
What it means everywhere else: A country in Middle East.
What it means in Pennsylvania: A county in Eastern Pennsylvania known for being developed by the Pennsylvania Dutch, most famous for their Lebanon bologna.
There also were other names of some of the small towns listed but I will deal with that lesson for another day. Anyone who has ever been to Lancaster, Pennsylvania probably knows what I mean. Only in Pennsylvania, right!
Pennsylvania also is the only state referred to more by its abbreviation than its name! Its much more frequently called “P” “A”. No not another word for Dad. I guess Pennsylvania was too long to say?
Some things just have no answers! What crazy questions are you still looking for answers to ?