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The Dad’s English

November 27, 2010

Mom and Dad

My dad had a way with the language. His expressions were colorful enough to amuse and confuse anyone. I thought I’d write a post where I could come back and add items to the Dad dictionary whenever I thought of them:

Organ recital: a long-winded discussion of one’s ailments
Collywobbles: a cold or flu

A snort: liquor, probably brown
Axehandles: a vegetable side dish or maybe spaghetti
Buzzard: chicken or turkey
Hay: cereal
Horse: beef
Mud: coffee
Ptomaine Wagon: food truck (roach coach)
Slop and rocks: biscuits and gravy

Expressions of Disgust
“That’s enough to puke a dog off a gut wagon”
“Enough to gag a maggot.”

Expressions of Approval
“Slick as a whistle”

Sky-blue pink: his favorite color
A fur piece: a great distance
Kermit: the dog (short for “curr mutt”)

General Expressions about Okies (he worked in the oilfields, which were populated by people from Oklahoma)
Okie sheriff: speed bump
Okie chrome: silver spray paint

There are many, many more. I’ll be adding to the list.

  1. November 27, 2010 13:46

    Axe handles?

    Some of these I’ve heard before. Axe handles mystifies me.

    • November 27, 2010 13:47

      Dad often said mystifying things, for reasons known only to him.

  2. November 28, 2010 18:33

    LOVE. I think my favorite is Kermit. Seriously.

    • November 29, 2010 10:03

      That was a later-in-life invention. He applied it mostly to his Australian cattle dog, Poncho, whom he loved beyond measure.

  3. November 28, 2010 20:46

    I think I love him Ptomaine Wagon made me snort

    • November 29, 2010 10:02

      And they wonder where I get it from…

  4. November 30, 2010 14:49

    I love this with a big, big love.

    • November 30, 2010 16:21

      My family is nuts. Obviously. But the good kind.

  5. December 2, 2010 13:05

    Ha. Organ recital. I’m not going to be happy until I can work that into a conversation.

  6. December 3, 2010 22:14

    I like ““Enough to gag a maggot.” might have to use that one!

  7. December 5, 2010 00:17

    hmm. my dad uses many of the same.

    and if you haven’t already, check out “shit my dad says.” that guy is hilarious.

  8. sheryl permalink
    December 8, 2010 11:01

    Thank you for sharing these. They’re wonderful.

    • December 8, 2010 11:18

      I wish I could remember all of them! My dad had a million.

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