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Old 03-25-2020, 08:09 AM   #21
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I believe the 9 yards is a military expression as some ammo came in 9 yard belts. Anyone remember the metal roller skates and taking them apart to attach to a 2x4 to make a scooter with a fruit box attached as your hood....

No but here are some pictures of the longboard I use now.

This board does 31 m.p.h.. I don't, but it does!
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:27 PM   #22
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I had a book years ago that explained the origins of expressions we use every day such as "Going the whole nine yards", "Dressed to the nines" and thousands of others.

Wish I still had it.
My boss knew this book existed and was fond of a lot of those old phrases , still is. One day when I was fighting my EBay addiction I came across the book. It was about $3 with $2 more for book postage. I bought it for him and gave it to him. He was so happy. Of course now with google and Wikipedia, I suppose the book is obsolete, (like me). Some of the old guys when I grew up had some phrases that weren’t in books due to censorship rules but really got a young man’s curiosity up.
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dag nab it!

Caught myself saying this yesterday.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:58 AM   #24
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"fiddlesticks" was my uncle's favorite saying, he was a WWII 101st airborne veteran, great man
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I still remember a lot of words , saying , phrases that my elder relatives used and my parents would not let me repeat . There was political correctness even back in the 50’s and for good reason
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My father grew up on the coast of NC, so many of the phrases he used were nautical, such as "batten down the hatches" and "Katie barred the door" which references an old Scottish sailors' ballad. I can see him standing there now, hands on hips and remarking firmly that (something) had just "put the quietus on" something he or someone else had planned. My favorites phrases include strange-sounding but familiar words not actually heard since my youth, though I run across them often while reading books written by British, Scottish, or Irish authors. As generations of Americans continue to assimilate, the rich variety of languages is being lost. Glad we can share such things over the campfire.
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:01 PM   #27
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Ben Rogers Lee was an outdoorsman from Alabama originally born in Mississippi. As the successful reintroduction of wild turkeys spread in the late 70s and early 80s Lee produced instructional cassette tapes and endorsed calls that hunters used to locate
and lure in this wily creature. He also guided hunters in the spring and fall. As the Tom turkey approached concealed hunters who were calling the bird closer and the Tom was excited at the thought of a new girlfriend, Lee would, in turkey language tell her “hang on baby, I’m on my way.” But the Tom’s stealthy nature would sometimes kick in and he would quit telling every body around that he was king of the woods.
At that time Lee would admonish his hunting partner to be very still so as not not to scare the Tom away. Lee would say “He’s gone shut mouth but he’s still coming.” Ben Lee’s tape that I borrowed from a friend in 1980 helped me immensely in harvesting my first spring gobbler.
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Ben Rogers Lee was an outdoorsman from Alabama originally born in Mississippi. As the successful reintroduction of wild turkeys spread in the late 70s and early 80s Lee produced instructional cassette tapes and endorsed calls that hunters used to locate
and lure in this wily creature. He also guided hunters in the spring and fall. As the Tom turkey approached concealed hunters who were calling the bird closer and the Tom was excited at the thought of a new girlfriend, Lee would, in turkey language tell her “hang on baby, I’m on my way.” But the Tom’s stealthy nature would sometimes kick in and he would quit telling every body around that he was king of the woods.
At that time Lee would admonish his hunting partner to be very still so as not not to scare the Tom away. Lee would say “He’s gone shut mouth but he’s still coming.” Ben Lee’s tape that I borrowed from a friend in 1980 helped me immensely in harvesting my first spring gobbler.
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Another lovely anecdote, Iowa Dave!
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Old 03-26-2020, 03:06 PM   #29
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My father used many of those same expressions, but one of his favorites was'"That really gets my nannygoat."

But...ahem...I still use lumphead, picklebrain, good grief, stink eye. I guess that makes me of that same era!

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Just remembered one of my dad’s old sayings: “He’s so dumb he doesn’t know **** from Shinola.”
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I actually met someone from Shinola......
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My father grew up on the coast of NC, so many of the phrases he used were nautical, such as "batten down the hatches" and "Katie barred the door" which references an old Scottish sailors' ballad. I can see him standing there now, hands on hips and remarking firmly that (something) had just "put the quietus on" something he or someone else had planned. My favorites phrases include strange-sounding but familiar words not actually heard since my youth, though I run across them often while reading books written by British, Scottish, or Irish authors. As generations of Americans continue to assimilate, the rich variety of languages is being lost. Glad we can share such things over the campfire.
One expression I really hated to hear as a kid around that late nite campfire back in the rough country was...

"There's something out there"
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Night sounds

I was never bothered by night sounds as a youngster. However in later years after the movie Deliverance I never liked banjo music after dark.
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Interesting. I remember "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite". I guess bed bugs were more prevalent back then?
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Most of us have the stick part now. (Cane) The walkin tall is a bit problematic currently.
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Fun thread. So many terms aren't used much if at all any more!
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Fun thread. So many terms aren't used much if at all any more!
Signs we are all aging.....
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I was never bothered by night sounds as a youngster. However in later years after the movie Deliverance I never liked banjo music after dark.
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"Paddle faster. I hear banjo music!"

It's fun to wear it and watch the young people scrunch their faces when they read it, while the older folks instantly laugh at it.

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