Google and Microsoft angrily put a red line under most of these words, insisting that it either doesn't exist or is certainly misspelled. And we say, "Heavens to Betsy" doesn't everyone know these phrases? Surely Google in their infinite wisdom should recognize a phrase that was "out of this world" not SO long ago.
I mean, are they shocked enough to say, "Well I'll be a monkey's uncle"? Or maybe "This is a fine kettle of fish!".
And then there was my Mom's old standby, "Crime in Italy" which actually sounded like Criminitly.
How many old phrases can you remember?
I find myself having to delete myself when I use those old sayings that I realize most people would have no idea what I am trying to say. I can't think of any at the moment but I know I do it all the time.ReplyDelete
Well, if you come up with one just throw it out there!Delete
I've not heard the "heavens" one in a long time! What comes to mind for me is, "I been running all over hell's half acre..." and one my grandfather used to say, "dumber than a doorknob." :-)ReplyDelete
Oh yeah, those are good ones too!Delete
Fun! I heard of all the phrases you mentioned except for Crime in Italyhowever, I did hear of criminy and the first i is long like in crime, so maybe a derivation? Is hold the phone used anymore? My dad said that when he just meant "wait."ReplyDelete
It is fun - I still use "hold the phone"! You could be right about Crime in Italy being a variation of criminy. I heard both of those.Delete