Katie and I were putting a puzzle together yesterday. Each time I would pick up a piece and start to put it where I thought it should go, she would pluck it out of my hand and put it in the right spot herself. I pointed out to her that she was doing this and she apologized.
I jokingly told her, "If you do that one more time, I'm going to snatch you bald-headed."
She looked at me in complete bafflement and said, "Snatch you bald headed? What does that mean?"
"It means we'll have a kicking, screaming girl-fight where we roll around on the floor and I pull all your hair out."
She grinned and laughed.
Then every so often for the rest of the time we were working on the puzzle, she would randomly chuckle and say to herself, "Snatch you bald headed."
It's amazing how a common insult when I was growing up is now a quaint amusement to a ten year old. I could tell she was filing that one away to pull out and use later.
It made me think of other sayings I heard people use when I was growing up that I never hear any more.
These are a few:
He jumped on that like a duck on a june bug.
It came up a frog strangler. (That's south Georgia for "It's raining really hard.")
You are educated beyond your intelligence.
Bless your heart. (Usually means, "You're so stupid.")
Honey. (Means, "Stupid.")
All things considered. ("She's doing well, all things considered," means "She's probably doing the best she can, considering her husband's worthless, and she's having to work overtime to support his sorry butt." Basically, "She's not doing well.")
Some people have more money than sense.
Some people have more money than taste.
Her taste is all in her mouth.
They treated me like a red-headed step-child.
Happy as a pig in slop.
Holler like a stuck pig. (We have a lot of pig related references.)
Steppin' up into high cotton. (moving up in society)
I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
A big ol' hoo ha. (a party)
You look like you've been rode hard and put away wet.
You look like you've been drug through a hedge backwards. (Usually a reference to your hair being really messy.)
We've just been chewing the fat a while. (Sitting around talking)
Lick your cat over again. (This means you didn't do a good enough job the first time and you need to try again. I once got a perm in my hair and when my mother picked me up from the hairdressers, she took a long hard look at me as we were heading home and said, "I think I need to take you back there and tell that hairdresser he needs to lick his cat over again.")