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old New England "Yankee-isms"

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I was reading an old book on New England folklore the other day. I don't read often, but the book got me thinking of things I remember hearing some old-timers from New England say. Like:

"Is it raining hard?"
"Just like a cow pissing on a flat rock."

"more nervous than a long tailed tomcat in a room full of rocking chairs."

"Crookeder than a dogs hind leg"

What else has everyone else heard? I know those sayings are still out there!

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That's like the pot calling

That's like the pot calling the kettle black!

That's like carrying coals to Newcastle!

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"Use it up, wear it out, make

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without"

Bob Minaert
Old sayings

Just 'cause there's snow on the roof don't mean there ain't fire in the furnace.

chris J
newengland-isms

Not sure if they are truly original to the area, but I have lived here my whole life, and here's where I heard em ...

"Hotter that 2 rats F---in in a wool sock..."
"Madder that a rat eating onions...."

Your cow pissin on a flat rock is a popular one.

"well, maybe next year..." Not as frequently used,now, but was a real popular headline at the end of EVERY damn red sox season...

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