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"Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Post by DLodge » Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:01 pm

In the Stutzman thread on the General Discussion forum, Steve Jelf made the comment that something was "pretty far-fetched." My grandfather often used the expression (generally in response to something I had told him). I still use it occasionally, but probably not as often as it was used in days past. Is "far-fetched" going the way of Model Ts and oil lamps? Are there other expressions that used to be common and are seldom heard nowadays? (Is "nowadays" one of them?")


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Post by Burger in Spokane » Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:57 pm

We could have a whole thread on phrases our grandparents used.

One that comes to mind is "Madder than a boiled owl".

"The cat's pajamas" is another

"Goes like a scalded dog" is another.
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Post by aDave » Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:40 pm

Shucks ! instead of the other sh word

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Post by DLodge » Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:42 pm

My great-grandmother was born in 1866 and died in 1962. She lived with my grandparents and I saw her frequently. I don't think she ever referred to the car as anything but "the machine."


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Post by tmodeldriver » Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:27 am

Kid at the supermarket asked me if plastic bags were okay. I said, "I reckon." He gave me a blank look with a "Sir?"
I told him, "Yes, plastic is okay. You're living in the South now, you should try to learn the language."

More car related, back in the day the glove compartment was the dash box and the trunk was the cooter hull, just to name a couple.


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Post by Loftfield » Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:14 pm

On the Outer Banks of North Carolina, "I reckon" was always used instead of "yes". One day in court in Manteo, a lawyer asked a witness if he had seen the accused. The witness replied, "I reckon". The judge, from upstate and ignorant, then asked the witness if he meant "yes". Said witness replied to the judge, "I reckon".


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Post by Burger in Spokane » Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:25 pm

"Farther than I could throw .... "

Collis Huntington and Leland Stanford were two of the "Big Four" that initiated
the final political push that resulted in the building of the first transcontinental
railroad and were 2 of the 4 partners that built the Central Pacific, which built
the western part of the line. The two had a major falling out in later years.
Huntington considered Stanford a "showboater", more bent on attention and
looking the bigshot, rather than just getting the job done.

The origins of this often butchered phrase was Huntington, who, when asked
about Stanford, said "I trust him about as far as I can throw the Trinity Church
up the side of Mount Shasta".

As a kid, I often heard oldtimers saying " I trust him about as far as I can throw
him". Later I learned where that saying came from and it's verbatim version.
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Post by HPetrino » Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:59 pm

Many of our sayings and comments don't really mean, literally, what we think they mean. George Carlin did a whole routine on this. I can only remember one that he talked about. He said, "Take the term 'legally drunk'. If he's 'legally drunk' what's the #$&%ing problem?"

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Post by Rich Eagle » Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:44 am

Good old George Carlin. I worked with a guy who could quote all his bits from memory.
"Takes the Cake", "Reading the riot act" and "Fine and Dandy" were a couple more.
When my Sister and I were getting too "rambunctious" Gamma would say "Don't crack your noodle".
When did I do that?

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Post by DLodge » Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:25 pm

One of Carlin's lines that has stuck with me is, "Hot water heater? Why would you need one?" Since hearing that, I have tried to make a point of saying "water heater," but I will admit that old habits die hard.... :D


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Post by Burger in Spokane » Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:42 pm

My sister-in-law uses the non-word "unthaw" to decribe taking something
out of the freezer.
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Post by JohnM » Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:39 pm

Wouldn't unthaw actually mean to freeze it? ;)

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Post by A Whiteman » Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:35 pm

I think we are just 'off on a wild goose chase' myself.

That will 'tickle your fancy' I am sure.

So don't 'beat about the bush', just get on with it!

But I guess when it is 'all said and done' it is just 'fine and dandy'.......


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Post by Burger in Spokane » Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:36 pm

JohnM wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:39 pm
Wouldn't unthaw actually mean to freeze it? ;)
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Perzackly ....
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Post by Michael Peternell » Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:28 pm

DLodge wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:01 pm
In the Stutzman thread on the General Discussion forum, Steve Jelf made the comment that something was "pretty far-fetched." My grandfather often used the expression (generally in response to something I had told him). I still use it occasionally, but probably not as often as it was used in days past. Is "far-fetched" going the way of Model Ts and oil lamps? Are there other expressions that used to be common and are seldom heard nowadays? (Is "nowadays" one of them?")
Far-fetched. I was twelve years old walking through the woods with my single shot .22. All of a sudden two wolves are coming at me! Not sure what to do reflexes took over. I threw my hunting knife into the tree between the two wolves pulled the trigger, hit the knife and split the bullet. Killed 'em both!
Recoil threw me into a pothole behind me. Stood up with an 8 pound pike in both pockets. Far-fetched.


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Post by JohnM » Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:05 am

Well don't that beat all.


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Post by JohnM » Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:03 am

When I was very young, someone from my grandmother's generation told me when they would have company and wanted to go all out to impress them, they called it "Putting on the dog".

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Post by david_dewey » Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:01 am

Micheal, That's not "Far Fetched"--it is one heck of a "Whopper" of which Pecos Bill would be proud!
It's rather unsettling to hear these phrases are no longer understood by the "young folks." I'm getting tired of all the "Deer in the headlights" looks I get when I use them. . . . . .
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Post by david_dewey » Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:06 am

PS, I'm from Northern California, but anytime we gussied up, or did something fancy for company, we were "Puttin' on the Dog."
OH and there was also the "secret code" from mom, whispered in our ears before a meal, "FHB!" which meant, "Family, Hold Back as I don't think I have enough food for this crowd!"
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Post by Dallas Landers » Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:11 am

David, your wolf story is great. It sounds like a" tall tale " and you may be " pulling my leg ".

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Post by Duey_C » Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:48 am

:lol:
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Post by Tmodelt » Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:22 pm

How about
Isn't that special
Or
Balls to the wall
Or a real oldie
Cold enough to freeze the balls on a brass monkey


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Post by Aarongriffey » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:04 pm

I was walking by the lake the other day when I tripped, my gun went off and killed a rabbit.
I bent over to pick it up and a suspenders button popped off my shoulder and hit a flying duck and killed it.
It swooped down over the lake and washed some fish up on the shore.
It was so hot out that the old grey mare froze to death, she thought it was snowing.
He he. Well cut off my legs and call me shorty.


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Post by Aarongriffey » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:24 pm

Being from Wisconsin there were a lot of those sayings we never heard.
One day in the Army I heard two guys discussing Oaklahoma.
They agreed that was a nice state but then one said,”ya but the northeast corner is pretty dry.”
The other guy said,”l wanna thank ya.” I had never heard that one before.
A guy from Indiana said,”I’m going to town directly, recon I’ll go to the star club.”
When we were in Germany a guy from South Carolina was thinking about carrying his German girlfriend on back to the states.
Am here to tell you, and I want you to know, it’s smooth as a baby’s ssa. Flatter than a pancake,
That guy is so crooked you could screw him into the ground. She is built like a brick s——t house.
Colder than a well diggers —s in the klondike.


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Post by Aarongriffey » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:55 pm

That’ll go over like a fart in church. deader than a door nail. Blacker than the ace of spades.
I have friend from Alabama that unthaws things all the time.
Sometimes he has me help him unloosen bolts.
My wife always tells us to slow the TV down so she can sleep early.
It shakes like pregnant nun at high mass.
He’s So tight he squeaks.

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Post by Mark Gregush » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:00 pm

DLodge wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:25 pm
One of Carlin's lines that has stuck with me is, "Hot water heater? Why would you need one?" Since hearing that, I have tried to make a point of saying "water heater," but I will admit that old habits die hard.... :D
While true, I am going to keep calling it hot water heater! :D But I am working on saying thread not threads example; No: the bolt threads YES: the bolt thread
I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :shock:

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Post by Duey_C » Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:16 am

:lol:
George went on to say why not call it a cold water heater then likely shrugged in his manner and tilted his head.
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Post by Michael Peternell » Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:54 pm

As told to me by a local moonshiner from central Minnesota. " I was walking through the woods as a young boy with my grandpa's single shot 22.
All of a sudden two wolves were coming at me. Not sure what to do, I drew my hunting knife from my belt and threw it at a tree between the two wolves. It stuck! Pulled up the single shot 22 and let her buck. Split the bullet on my knife and killed both wolves. Recoil threw me back into the pothole behind me. Stood up with an 8 lb walleye in both pockets!" Far fetched!


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Post by Burger in Spokane » Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:47 am

"Mozy" is a word you don't hear anymore. I like to do a lot of mozying. With a
TT, I might mozy down the road a patch. In fact, I mozied a good long way today.
I reckon about 200 miles, we did. When I am not mozying, I might be steppin' an'
fetchin'. I do a lot of steppin' an' fetchin' at work to get things done. Then I have
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Post by tiredfarmer » Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:52 pm

My Dad had a saying when he saw something that someone had that he liked, If I had that and he had a feather in his butt we both be tickled. Also being a veteran of WW 11 he would often say, What you want egg in your beer?

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Post by DLodge » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:43 am

I just thought of another expression my grandfather used, but I'm not sure whether it's an age thing or his Canadian origin (since the usage is both archaic and British). It's the use of "want" for "lack." If something was squeaking, for example, he might say, "It wants oil." If he tasted something at dinner, he'd comment, "It wants salt."


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Post by Burger in Spokane » Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:13 am

That reminds me of the other form ... wont, as I NEVER hear any more.

As in, ... "a lot of oil leaking, as Model T's are wont to do"
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Post by Mark Gregush » Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:01 pm

For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, for want of a horse the rider was lost, for want of a rider the battle was lost, all for the want of a nail...or something like that.
I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :shock:

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Post by DickC » Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:00 am

A good friend who has passed had a phrase that ended almost every sentence: "and what not". I never figured out where it came from or why it was used.


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Post by HPetrino » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:44 am

He's older than Methuselah.

She's no spring chicken.

He's tighter than a frogs butt, and that's water tight.


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Post by Rich Bingham » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:40 am

That fellow is near with a dollar alright. He's so tight he squeaks when he walks.
"Get a horse !"


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Post by HPetrino » Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:14 pm

My 23 year old grandson has a girlfriend who feeds him regularly. It reminds me of, "The way to a mans heart is through his stomach."

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Post by Mark Gregush » Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:30 pm

Everything is Skookum! An old friend of mine back in the late 60's early 70's used that all the time. He worked for one of the tug boat company in the Portland area. Truth is I thought it was a Upper Midwest, where he was from, term till I looked it up. :) It comes from the Pacific Northwest.
One of the guys I worked at the car lot, from Oregon, used "Brilliant" all the time. Depending on how he said it, could be sarcasm/a dumb idea (both involved rolling of eyes when said) or great idea.
I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :shock:

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There is an amazingly restored (from a pile of junk, basically) Northwest area Logging Steam locomotive whose original name (and current name) was/is Skookum. And I grew up in the far northern Califunny logging area and "brilliant" was used just as you say. Another phrase when someone screwed something up was "Smooth Move, ExLax!"
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Post by Burger in Spokane » Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:27 am

The Skookum has been known by that name since the 20's. I think the name
comes from the river ? Been too many years now since I read the origins. If
memory serves, this is the locomotive that derailed and was left in the woods.
It was removed in pieces and reassembled in Snoqualmie, where is sat for decades,
before being moved to Mt. Rainier Scenic for restoration. A 2-6-6-2, right ?
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Post by Rich Bingham » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:51 am

This is a great thread !! We haven't had this much excitement around the place since Aunt Nellie got her tit caught in the wringer !!

FWIW, "skookum", according to stinkipedia, is a Chinook word that can mean monstrous, brave, strong, bold, etc., depending on the context.
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Burger,

I imagine readers under 40 or 50 don't really know what getting something caught in a ringer actually means. :lol: :lol: :lol:

When I was a kid my mother got her arm caught in ours. She managed to pull the plug with her other hand. Scary.


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Post by HPetrino » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:43 am

Pardon me. My above post should be addressed to Rich.


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Post by Philip Lawrence » Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:15 pm

Guess I'm an old timer, here's a few to mull over:

Skedaddle
Claptrap
Hoity-toity
Dillydally
Willy-nilly
Six of one, half dozen of the other
Getting your knickers in a twist
Straight from the horses mouth
Neither hide nor hair
Down to brass tacks
Doesn't know beans
Doesn't know his butt from a whole in the ground
Putting the cart before the horse
Mind your p's and q's
Fly off the handle
Hitting it on the head
Hittin' on all four
Not worth a tinkers damn
Bringing home the bacon
The real McCoy!
Run amuck
A feather in your cap
With a grain of salt
Not worth a grain of salt
Gone to pot
Burning the candle at both ends
Purt near
Two shakes of a lambs tail
Looking a gift horse in the mouth
Beating a dead horse
A flash in the pan
Too many irons in the fire
Going whole hog
Going hog wild
Cooking your goose
Have a bone to pick
To beat the. Band
Bats in your belfry
Bees in your bonnet
More that one way to skin a cat
By the skin of your teeth
All tuckered out
All petered out
Behind the eight ball
The whole kit and caboodle
Lock, Stock and Barrel
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Post by perry kete » Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:27 pm

Well I guess that list was the whole "Kit N Caboodle"
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Post by DLodge » Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:15 pm

Then there's always, "That don't make me no never mind." Is that regional, I wonder?


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Post by Dallas Landers » Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:24 pm

Poor as a church mouse.
So poor he doesnt have a pot to pee in or window to throw it out of.

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Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Post by david_dewey » Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:08 pm

Burger, you are correct. I still haven’t seen her run, but hope to soon!
T'ake care,
David Dewey


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Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Post by Burger in Spokane » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:05 pm

If memory serves, there is actual footage of the Skookum backing downgrade with the
last train, when it derailed and tipped off the track. The scrappers came soon after and
removed the rails. Rayonier was not interested in wasting any time or money retrieving
an old and obsolete locomotive from the woods, just to scrap it, so they just left it there.
A Seattle area doctor and steam nut got permission to salvage it, and he and his band of
cohorts dismantled the beast and trucked it in parts to Snoqualmie, some 200 miles and
lots of water away !
More people are doing it today than ever before !


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Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Post by otrcman » Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:29 pm

"By the time I got to the top of the hill, my radiator was hotter 'n a two dollar pistol."

"And the head you coulda fried eggs on."


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Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Post by otrcman » Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:41 pm

I hadda get out of there. She was havin' a conniption fit.


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Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Post by Burger in Spokane » Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:58 pm

Did you get out of there lickety-split ?
More people are doing it today than ever before !


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Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Post by otrcman » Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:36 pm

Burger asked, "Did you get out of there lickety-split ?"


Yeah, and then some.


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Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Post by Norman Kling » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:13 pm

I got an e-mail from a cousin in Finland, and she knew I don't speak nor understand their language, so she translated into English. One of the words she used was Y'all. I guess she didn't know we were not all from Texas! Some expressions are regional, and others are time related. We don't hear as many Like this Like that today as we did a few years ago. Ain't that Swell?
Norm


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Re: "Pretty far-fetched" and stuff

Post by Rich Bingham » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:39 pm

Gee whillikers ! I always thought folks said "you-all" all through the South, not just Texas, but shucks, I've never been. :lol:
"Get a horse !"

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