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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Which Came First ? Understanding Where Chicken Sayings Came From


I used to wonder where all the old farm sayings came from, "Wait 'til the cows come home", "Hold your horses", "Madder than a wet hen".....well, since having a horse and the chickens and ducks, I wonder no more. It doesn't take too long being around animals before you realize the sayings came into being and have now become part of our vernacular because they are so universal to animal behavior.

The day I told our horse "hold your horses" as he was literally "chomping at the bit" to get his breakfast, I knew that I was a bona fide farm girl, immersed in the lives of our animals.

Here are some of the more common expressions that have been plucked (pun intended) from the world of chickendom...




   


















13 comments:

  1. as i was dressing my pony this morning, i told my her horses, and then i started cracking up. she didn't get it.

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  2. Great collection of sayings and photos, thanks for sharing! We say a lot of these around our farm on a regular basis. The empty nest got me though. xoxo

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  3. I love these sayings paired with the pictures! They should all be your next calendar! Loving the blog; great information!

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  4. I just love it....!!!! he...hee...I have heard those sayings all my life and used them!!! But of course along with a few swear words...ha!! and I love all the pictures....with the sayings!!!

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  5. Great American folklore. Good Job and 3 thumbs up.

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  6. Loved all the pictures with the sayings. Thanks! :-)

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  7. I wish everyone could experience a little bit of farm life, " It keeps you grounded!"

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  8. Very well done! Love the pictures with the sayings. I agree, that would make a fantastic calendar! Wouldn't it be fun to try to collect 365 farm sayings and make daily calendars?

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  9. I absolutely love this post. Thanks for the giggles.

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  10. "Madder than a wet hen!" Sorry, I have no picture of a wet hen.

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  11. Love it! I am inspired to take pics of my farm critters now too and match with sayings! Thanks!

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  12. Cute!
    Where did you find the Twin Brook Farm box? I love it!

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    1. Thanks. I love it too ! I found it at an antique mall for about $20. I have been looking on ebay for ages trying to find another one but they don't get listed very often and they're expensive.

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