My dear mother had many sayings. Some I had heard before, some made sense, a few were funny, and there were also some head scratchers.
She commented once, referring to a handsome man, that, "[He] is so good looking, he could put his shoes under my bed anytime."
"He's tighter than Dick's hat band". Never knew what this meant until I stumbled across the definition. This refers to Dick Tracy's Hat. He could jump out of a flying plane or ride on the to of a moving train and his hat never came off (as in his hat band had to be tight enough to hold it in place under any circumstance.) Who knew? I seriously doubt Mama did.
"That lasted about long as Pat stayed in the Navy"
"Heaven's to Betsy", which I have learned is just a southern way of saying, "Oh, for heaven's sake." (Only in the south would we use "Betsy".)
"Well that's the cat's meow."
"Katy bar the door." Who knew this originated from a Scottish ballad called 'Get Up and Bar the Door' published in 1776.
"That's Jim Dandy" (originated form baseball??)
"Have his cake and eat it too." According to Wikipedia - this refers to a phrase found "in a letter on 14 March 1538 from Thomas, the Duke of Norfolk to Thomas Cromwell as 'a man can not have his cake and eat his cake'. This begs to ask - why does someone still have a copy of this letter from 1538?“That thing is all catawampus.” (Of course Mama pronounced it 'catiwampus') or put that 'Cati-cornered from the other.'