DO YOU THINK THE RAIN WILL HURT THE RHUBARB? I thought it was
time to have something to write for the Aldersonian so I came up
with this idea to analyze some quotes of earlier days and make book
(or make a wild guess) on whether the phrases would survive another
YOU THINK THE RAIN WILL HURT THE RHUBARB?” I can remember
hitchhiking back from Hinton to Alderson and getting stuck in
Hilldale between Talcott and Willowood where the Hinton golf
course is. I can’t think of that golf course without remembering
I am not sure who I was with,
probably Rog, but we kept walking along the road threatening to go
up to each house and ask the inhabitants "Do you think the rain
would hurt the rhubarb?" Didn't know what rhubarb was. Thought it
must be something that country folks like those that lived in
Hillsdale would know about .Something that city folks from Alderson
wouldn't know about.
It would probably take a flood to
hurt the rhubarb. . Of course we later learned the punch line was
"not if the rhubarb is in a can.”
Don’t think that this one will survive this generation except in
very small clusters of the country. Fewer and fewer people grow
BE A MONKEY’S UNCLE” this phrase is used to express surprise or
disbelief. The term first appears in 1926, the date of the widely
in the United States. Mr. Scopes was a public school teacher who
taught evolution which was against the law. One interpretation of
evolution was that people evolved from monkeys. If the monkeys
actually came before humans wouldn't it be more appropriate to say
"I’ll be a monkey's nephew". I will make no judgments regarding
monkeys given my past efforts to talk about mice and rats.
I can’t reach a conclusion on this one because the issue of
creationism versus evolution continues to be an issue in schools in
parts of the country. Otherwise wouldn’t have thought that many of
the young people would have ever heard of the Scope trials.
We have heard that it is "Colder than
hell" “Hotter than hell “and “that that will be a cold day in hell".
Maybe it is so horrible that it can be at the same time the coldest
and hottest place imaginable. Because of "fire and brimstone I am
inclined to think that hell will be hot .The saying colder than hell
is irony or an exaggeration. But don't know nor want to find out.
This one will survive over time. For
those that don’t believe in hades they do so at their own peril.
"Knee high to a grass hopper and
that dog won’t hunt":
Great phrases. I don’t think that
many young people know what a grasshopper is or have seen one. Come
to think of it I haven’t seen one lately.
City people are never going to use
the phrase “that dog won’t hunt”. I think I will start a campaign to
preserve this phrase because it makes too much sense to let it die
look like you been rode hard and put away wet":
It actually refers to riding a horse
-- you ride them until then are all wet, then you should brush them
and dry them off. So, it was sort of saying you were taken advantage
of -- rode hard, not taken care of, and put away wet.
Mixed feelings about this one. As the world becomes more urbanized
there are less and less people that have familiarity with horses.
But at the same time there are still a lot of people out there even
today that look like they have been rode hard and put away wet. How
else could we describe them.
"Yonder. over yonder . right near. right far
place. pret near abbreviation for pretty near":
I am not sure these will make the test of time. I know what they
mean but I am not sure that young generation knows or cares what
"A fool and his money is soon
parted": This apparently was coined by Thomas Tusser who lived
in England from 1524 to 1580.
Conclusion: This saying will be here forever. The
world still keeps spitting out fools.