Thursday, July 24, 2008

Regional Idioms

I am currently reading a memoir about a Jewish family living in Tennessee in the 1920's. The title of the book is "The Jew Store" and it is a very enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone. At any rate, I bring this up because I came across an idiom in the book that I had not previously heard. The idiom refers to lack of trust and basically says that when you don't trust someone - you trust them "about as much as a goat in the gladiolas." This got me to thinking about the role geography plays in idioms. In Michigan, when we don't trust a person, we say, "I trust him about as far as I can throw him."

I think it would be fun to start a list of region-specific idioms. If anyone can think of an idiom that they grew up with that is not common across the U.S. please send it to me by clicking on comment below.

1 comment:

Tomasz 7 said...

Hi ,

I am a student from Poland and I am currently writing a thesis on American Idioms . One of the subchapters deals with regional ones. The one you mentioned in your post were great and were very useful to me. If you could write some more of these regional idioms i woul really appreciate this . I don have much time as my thesis is due next week. Please write me ASAP. My e mail is

From Poland with love:)
Tomasz Lipski

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