I found at least a hundred useful country sayings while doing research for This New Mountain. I included about two dozen of my favorites as part of the book’s chapter headings. Here are a few others that were new to me when I came across them and, like most good sayings, are still stuck in my mind like flies on poop:
- It’s hard to put a foot in a closed mouth.
- He fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.
- Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
- Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
- Nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
- Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.
- Don’t pee down my back and tell me it’s raining.
- If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
- Let the hair go with the hide.
The last saying is on the top of my list at the moment, mostly because it’s a very practical piece of summer advice. It also conjures up a visual that’s hard to get out of my brain.
10. Never kick a cow patty on a hot day.
What’s your favorite saying that hits the nail on the head?