A week or so ago my husband and I went out to dinner with his parents and something said caused me to cry out, “Lands o’ Goshen!” Hal gave me a sweet, confused smile and I remembered I wasn’t with my generally Deep South/Southwestern crowd. (And that particular phrase, along with “I suwanee,” are a couple of truly, deeply Southern exclamations that came from I don’t know where.) And I’m still learning! The “knee-high to a grasshopper” one was new to me (translation: little; ex: “When he was knee-high to a grasshopper…”). I couldn’t resist a couple of twists on the illustrations for some of the better-known sayings, like a longhorn for “till the cows come home” and butter beans for “doesn’t amount to a hill o’ beans.” (What’s more Southern than butter beans??)
I hope you enjoy these little sayings! I’d love to hear if you learned something or if there’s a phrase I should include in a future batch.