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Skinnyboy
02-07-2007, 01:34 AM
Have you ever found yourself using an expression that you remember your parents or grandparents using and then at some point stop and think, "Where the hell did that come from?"


Here's one that's appropriate considering the weather some of us have been experiencing:

"It's so cold outside it could freeze the brass balls off a monkey."

I mean common, how the hell does someone come up with that :confused: ?

Any others?

just Brian
02-07-2007, 03:57 AM
I've spent my entire life above 58 degrees north latitude, and I've never heard of the monkey's brass balls before. Maybe that's a regional thing.

The one I keep hearing is "Colder than Hillary's cooch."

Skinnyboy
02-07-2007, 08:31 AM
I've spent my entire life above 58 degrees north latitude, and I've never heard of the monkey's brass balls before. Maybe that's a regional thing.

When I was a kid my dad would say it every time it was exceptionally cold out.

People at work have heard it used, too.

Skinnyboy
02-07-2007, 08:37 AM
How about this one:

"That fits tighter than a finger in an asshole."

Now this is a bit more obvious regrading it's origins. Still did the originator make assumptions or was this saying derived from real life experience?

The first time I remember hearing it used was when I was repairing my wife's aunt's fence and some old codger from across the alley was observing my handy work (that sounds wierd).

Skinnyboy
02-07-2007, 08:38 AM
I've spent my entire life above 58 degrees north latitude, and I've never heard of the monkey's brass balls before. Maybe that's a regional thing.

The one I keep hearing is "Colder than Hillary's cooch."

I assume Hillary as in Clinton? That's funny :lol:

Skinnyboy
02-07-2007, 11:10 AM
"Black as Toby's ass."

Who the hell was this Toby fella and why has his ass become commonly associated with things that are extremely "black".


"Wish in one hand, **** in the other and see which gets filled first."

I like that one and it's so true.

charlie4144
02-07-2007, 06:51 PM
Just to feed of the whole cold theme i have always heard

"its colder than a witches tit out here"

dhk1980
02-07-2007, 10:02 PM
How about this one:

"That fits tighter than a finger in an asshole."

Now this is a bit more obvious regrading it's origins. Still did the originator make assumptions or was this saying derived from real life experience?

The first time I remember hearing it used was when I was repairing my wife's aunt's fence and some old codger from across the alley was observing my handy work (that sounds wierd).

LMAO!!!!! i've never heard that before.

DriveBy73
02-07-2007, 10:22 PM
I think Skinny is making some of these up....Toby WTF?? =P

Madcap
02-08-2007, 07:07 PM
Skinny, I have not heard of any of these.

I have heard "tighter than a frog's ass" though.

Highlander
02-08-2007, 07:15 PM
Here's one that's appropriate considering the weather some of us have been experiencing:

"It's so cold outside it could freeze the brass balls off a monkey."
I'm sure in Scotland we say it: "freeze the balls off a brass monkey". Either way, no idea where it comes from!

Thumpin
02-08-2007, 07:48 PM
It's so cold outside it could freeze the brass balls off a monkey

The origin and true meaning of this phrase is actually totally unrelated to any form of animal or its testicles. Back in time to the period of the Napoleonic War, the great gunships of this time carried many cannons on various gun decks. As an efficient method of storage and delivery of cannon balls to the cannon for firing, a "Monkey" (this term is used to define a table and/ or a rail) made of brass was used to hold the balls. In very cold temperatures the brass would contract or even break thus allowing the cannon balls to roll off the Monkey onto the gun deck. Hence the sailors would say "it is cold enough to freeze the balls off a Brass Monkey".

Black as Toby's ass
Toby being a small black man appearing in an old Bugs Bunny short.

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that being said, I found a bunch of these old sayings, most not as cryptic:

"Prettier than a blue-nosed mule."
"Up & down like a whore's drawers"
"As full of **** as a cat is frollicks"
"slicker (or cleaner) than a hound's tooth."
"Couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel."
"Slipperier than snot on a glass doorknob"
"Raining like an old cow pissing on a flat rock"
"Jumpy as a fart on a griddle"
"Colder than a well-digger's feet in Alaska"
"Colder than a fart in a dead eskimo"
"fit as a fiddle"
"Rattling on (talking) like the clapper on a goose's ass"
"Handy as a pocketful of paper assholes."
"Uglier than the east end of a horse headed west."
"A horse that ****s fast don't **** long."
"fell ass over tin cup"
"Go piss up a rope."
"as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs"
"colder than blue hell"
"scarce as hen's teeth"
"can't tell the difference between **** & shinola"
"as busy as a one-armed barber with the hives"
"dark as the inside of Dick's hatband"
"tighter than a bull's ass in fly time"
"faster than a striped-ass jaybird"
"asshole deep to a ten foot indian"
"never cut a fat hog in the ass with a dull knife"
"can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"
"you never miss a slice off a cut loaf" (cut loaf= a non-virginal woman)
"face as red as a jaybird's ass in pokeberry time"
"not tough enough to kick the **** out of your own pants"
"smell bad enough to stink a dog off a gut wagon"
"so weak you couldn't knock a sick whore off a **** pot"
"mouth as dry as popcorn fart"
"didn't know whether to **** or wind his watch"
"hotter than a June bride in a feather bed"
"dumber (or crazier) than a **** house rat"
"useless as tits on a boar hog"
"dumber than a sled rack"
"you can't get blood out of a turnip"
"as loose as a goose"
"looks like a crow **** him on a fence post & the sun hatched him out"
"dumber than a June bug on a string"
"tighter than a gnats ass stretched over a rain-barrel"
"haven't been there for a coon's age"
"Spit quick or die."
"like **** through a goose" - meaning fast
"like green corn through the new maid" - meaning fast, also
"skinny as a raffle turkey"
"Hotter than a whore house on dollar day."

Skinnyboy
02-09-2007, 09:03 AM
I'm sure in Scotland we say it: "freeze the balls off a brass monkey". Either way, no idea where it comes from!

Yeah, I'm sure I've heard it said that way too.

Serge Storms
02-09-2007, 09:15 AM
"Colder than a well diggers ass."
"You talk like a man with a paper asshole."
"Sweating like a whore in church."
"Busy like a one legged man in an ass kicking contest."

My old man had a million of them he used to say.
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Cree8
02-09-2007, 10:42 AM
my all time favorite...

your so cheap you wouldn't give a crippled crab a crutch

Skinnyboy
02-09-2007, 12:51 PM
^^^^^ Thanks for the info Thumpin!


Here's 2 that I've often heard but didn't appear on that list:

"I don't give a tinker's dam."

"I don't give a fiddler's fart."


Here's my favorites that I often use:

"As good as a $2 whore."

"As smart as a half-wit with a head injury."

"As fast as a fat girl on crutches."

Skinnyboy
02-09-2007, 12:52 PM
"Colder than a well diggers ass."
"You talk like a man with a paper asshole."
"Sweating like a whore in church."
"Busy like a one legged man in an ass kicking contest."

My old man had a million of them he used to say.



I remember the first time I heard that one, my Judo instructor used it during class - LMAO!

NY1981
02-09-2007, 01:48 PM
I remember my dad used to say "Its colder than a witches tity out here"

Thumpin
02-09-2007, 06:19 PM
No prob Skinny. I'm a treasure trove of useless info. :)

My favorite.....

"Like a fat kid at a dodgeball game...I'm out"

ZGUTTA
07-21-2012, 02:14 AM
Toby was the slave name of Kunta Kinte in the mini tv series "Roots". "Toby" being a slave, was clearly a black man. And the saying comes from there.. cuz people were still extremely racist back then lol.



"Black as Toby's ass."

Who the hell was this Toby fella and why has his ass become commonly associated with things that are extremely "black".


"Wish in one hand, **** in the other and see which gets filled first."

I like that one and it's so true.

Ash
07-21-2012, 04:44 AM
Have you ever found yourself using an expression that you remember your parents or grandparents using and then at some point stop and think, "Where the hell did that come from?"


Here's one that's appropriate considering the weather some of us have been experiencing:

"It's so cold outside it could freeze the brass balls off a monkey."

I mean common, how the hell does someone come up with that :confused: ?

Any others?

Someone explained the brass balls phrase to me before. I don't remember all the details, but apparently it's a nautical phrase coming from the Maritimes literally referring to brass balls falling off a "monkey" due to the cold. As for what a monkey was, that part I do not remember. Something on a ship, though.

19nate79
07-21-2012, 06:13 AM
Ass like a ten year old boy

Wtf?
Its even in true lies when ahnold met the car salesman

JC-Freakhead
07-21-2012, 07:14 AM
I offer instead a new saying:

"I'm so in you can't even see the balls!"

As used in:

"We're going to the movies to see the latest Meg Ryan movie. Are you in?"

"Hells yeah! I'm so in you can't even see the balls!"


It's about time it caught on.

Str8Ryt
07-21-2012, 11:56 AM
Fed ex for icy roads.

"It's slicker than cum on a marble out here."

Greezy
07-21-2012, 12:10 PM
he's more confused than a black child on fathers day in harlem!

greatjake
07-21-2012, 12:19 PM
I remember my dad used to say "Its colder than a witches tity out here"

I always heard "colder than a witches tit in a brass bra"