Gut Rumbles

September 14, 2005

I am tempted

I may submit a few entries to this site. Between my hillbilly youth and my Southern upbringing, I'll bet that I use a LOT of words that they've never heard before.

Besides--- I always like to enrich the English language. Do YOU know what a "smidgen" is? How about "a fer piece?" And don't forget "a stone's throw."

Damn. I may sit around today and think up a few really good ones.


A smidegen is a very small measurement. Typically under an inch. When organizing a room, one might be ask to move the couch a smidgen to the left by one's spouse.

Or a scoach. What's bigger, a smidgen or a scoach?

A fer piece is a large linear distance, typically for travel. The crossroads might be a "fer piece down the road." A stone's throw is a small distance for travel. Another family might live "just a stone's throw away."

Of course, this is relative. As a boy from the 'burbs, I occasionally got told the walk was just a "stone's throw," when my automobile-accustomed feet and legs though it was, in fact, a fer peice.

Suburb Boy, Country Relatives

Posted by: Lamont Cranston on September 14, 2005 10:15 AM

I always thought 'smidgen' Yiddish for 'a small measurement - units not important,' e.g. I'll have a smidgen more kugel.
I learned 'skosh' was slang for 'a little bit' after learning the Japanese 'sukoshi,' meaning small - again, units of measurement not important. e.g. Sukoshi, kudasai .. A little bit, please - when talking about more saki or moving the car a few cm.
A 'stone's throw' is about 50 yards, unless you're Brent Farve or taking artistic license.
A 'fer piece' was a variable depending on the mode of transport, but seems to average out to about a day of travel. In a Skyhawk, that's 1,300 miles. In a jet, it's about here to Tokyo. On foot, it's the walk around Galveston's airport.

Posted by: DJSloan/Houston on September 14, 2005 10:51 AM

I've heard my family use those terms all my life and they sometimes change meaning dependin' on who's wantin' a favor.

Posted by: SK on September 14, 2005 11:04 AM

How about a Coon's Age, fixin to get ready, that dog don't hunt...

I'm out. Sorry, university ruined my southern charm... damn education, when will you stop screwing me!?


Posted by: Belloq on September 14, 2005 11:30 AM

I'd always thought a smidgen was the unit of measure between a RCH and a bit.

Posted by: phin on September 14, 2005 11:43 AM

Heck, I knew all those and I'm a 19 year old Pennsylvanian. I always thought old phrases don't get transferred to the youth.

I bet I got one you don't know though-
How do you red up a room?

Posted by: shane on September 14, 2005 12:24 PM

My favorite

Slicker than greased owl shit.

As in "That stuff was slicker than greased owl shit."

Posted by: gravdigr on September 14, 2005 02:45 PM

colder than a Witches tit in a brass bra
Useless as tits on a boar hog
Fixing to ...
Drunker than Cooter Brown ( just who is Cooter Brown)
I might shoudn't have done that

Posted by: Bogey on September 14, 2005 02:53 PM

"Slicker than snot on a doorknob."

Forgot that one earlier.


Posted by: Lamont Cranston on September 14, 2005 04:28 PM

my favorite is "okaypadokie"

Posted by: Pete on September 14, 2005 04:35 PM

Does anyone know where yonder is? :-)

Posted by: Assrot on September 14, 2005 06:17 PM

Hmmm... How bout-"Haint": A Ghost
"Co-Cola": Coca Cola
"R-O-C-Cola": RC Cola (Should be accompanied by a "Moon Pie").

Posted by: Mrite on September 14, 2005 06:44 PM

A smidgeon is shorter than spittin distance but I always wondered where spittin image came from.

Posted by: Libby on September 14, 2005 09:05 PM

Dumber than a box o' rocks.

Posted by: Horrabin on September 14, 2005 10:02 PM

Think it's 'a fur piece'

Posted by: vinniethevendor on September 14, 2005 10:06 PM

"slicker than snake snot on a greased glass doorknob"

dumber than owlshit

itty bitty (as in itty bitty titty club)

To "red up a room" or red the table is to clean up. I find it interesting that it's an old Scottish expression that I run across in the U.S. and the people who use it have absolutely no idea where it comes from.

Posted by: StinKerr on September 14, 2005 11:45 PM

Crooked as a barrel of fish hooks. ( as politicians are)

Posted by: Murry on September 15, 2005 05:25 AM

My alltime favorite:

Uglier than a box full of assholes, with all the pretty ones taken out.

Posted by: Flamen Dialis on September 15, 2005 06:30 AM

Lots of folks don't know where Yonder is.

Posted by: PawPaw on September 15, 2005 06:47 AM

My Oakie father-in-law has got some great ones:

-locked up tighter than a bull's butt in fly season
-I'll bet you dollars to dog turds & hold the stakes in my teeth
-so hungry i'd eat the ass-end of skunk without benefit of mustard

My kids just LOVE spending time with Daddy Jim!

Posted by: marti on September 15, 2005 09:51 AM

I remember sour as baby owl shit
and tight as a gnats asshole stretched over a fence post....

Posted by: tinindian1942 on December 6, 2007 07:24 PM

Sorry to take so long to offer the answer to, "but I always wondered where spittin image came from. [Posted by: Libby on September 14, 2005 09:05 PM ], have a look at... "A modern dictionary of southern slang gives the derivation of "spittin' image" as a corruption of "spirit and image."
Paul Niquettte

Posted by: Paul Niquette on August 21, 2009 03:08 PM
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