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Appalachia Through My Eyes – My Hind Foot

Sisters, both skinny as a rail neither what you’d call pretty, left the building arm in arm with purpose in every stride. One said “Robert tried to tell me he’d watch the kids and pickup all the mess while I was gone. I told him my hind foot! Why in the world would you do that when you’ve never lifted a finger to help me before?” The sister said “I’ll tell you why, he knows they’ll be a paycheck at the end of this trip.”

Eavesdropping on their conversation made me wish I knew exactly what kind of trip they were going on.

I used to say ‘my hind foot’ all the time-using it exactly as she did as an expression of total disbelief. I think I’ll start saying it again. How about you-ever said it?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    Darlene Kimsey
    May 3, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Made me smile. I used to say it all the time. And heard it often when I went to Martins Creek School.

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    October 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Yep, that one I’ve heard before. And I think I’ve used it a few times. And like you, I think I’ll start using it again! LoL
    I can only imagine the looks I’ll get.

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    October 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I grew up using my hind foot this way….guess I haven’t used it in a while…think I’ll start using it again…seems like I have a need for colorful language again.

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    October 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Yes, have heard all these before, but not for a long while. Really do like the discussions these blogs get started!

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    October 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

    John never heard the duck saying-but I like it : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    October 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I’ve never said it, but my Aunt used to say, My hin’ end!!! lol

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    Suzi Phillips
    October 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Used to be my mama’s favorite saying when one of her young’uns(surely not me!) used to try to pull the wool over her eyes-

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    October 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I have used ‘My left hind leg’ as in, “I had a cramp in my left hind leg that woke me up last night.” As I have aged it seems those cramps come more often lately. My wife says, “You wish.” at things she doesn’t quite believe.

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    October 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I am about 200 miles WSW of you. Never heard pish tosh in my life (61yrs). Heard my hind leg as a kid. Haven’t heard it in years. Have you ever heard “she led her ducks to a muddy water”?

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    Lonnie Dockery
    October 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Mother said it. Don’t think I ever have. That’s another one I’d long forgotten.

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    October 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Hi tipper,I’ve heard some thing like that,”my behind”! Jean

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    Ron Banks
    October 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Yes, I have heard it many times. Grandpa would say peshaw. Ah peshaw, you ain’t gonna do no sech thang!

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    October 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I am with Ed on hearing and saying, “Yeah Right”, but I also say “in your dreams” or “don’t I wish”.

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    October 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I’ve heard “my hind foot” before
    and my uncle was forever coming to
    my shop talking about “his hind
    leg” a hurtin’. He was a coon hunter. When I was growing up, the
    guys I played with, if they didn’t
    believe what they heard, just said
    “my A_ _” …Ken

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    Ron Perry
    October 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

    1. pish-tosh
    a nice, upper-crust, slightly less obnoxious way of saying “bullsxxt”
    “Pish-tosh, my good man!” “He means bullsxxt.”
    2. pish-tosh
    A phrase commonly used to scoff at some one or something; disbelief; A condescending interjection.
    Mel: We’re going to the movies, do you want to come?
    Bruce: Pish-tosh!

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    B. ruth
    October 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I have heard and used “my hind leg”..maybe “hind foot” too…I think that is the polite way to say my a;; that we hear so much today…I’ve heard Pish-posh as Ed mentioned…Mostly I just say
    “shoot, not in this lifetime”…
    or Aw shoot, don’t believe it…”Shoot” seemed to be the most used expression in my family.
    Mind you not S–t..but really “Shoot”…I really think I know where that expression came from….Shoot ask questions later??? Just kiddin’.
    Thanks for a gread post…
    I love it and I am waiting on other comments…Aw shucks, I hope everyone will chime in….

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    October 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Funny! My Mother just says, “My foot!”- emphasis on both, slow, deliberate,exclaimed.

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    Mrs. K
    October 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Heard “my hind foot” for years although haven’t used it much myself in recent years. Now “pish tosh” is a favorite of mine as well as other more colorful expressions, as needed, which I will not share here. ; )

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    Karen Larsen
    October 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I don’t think I’ve said that one, but I do say, “My Aunt Fannie!” in the same way….

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    Don Casada
    October 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Heard and used it, but not often. Mama never said it that I recall, but would often say “Oh, foot.”
    One use of that exclamation would be to show her disdain for some flimsy excuse for misbehavior – by Jim or Annette, of course.

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    Steve in Tn
    October 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I like it. Almost like one of my friends favorites — “ain’t that a hownd dog”

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    Ed Ammons
    October 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Mommy used a word I never heard before or since to indicate utter disbelief. “pssssst” Anybody else heard that?

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    October 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I’ve never heard it but this tickled me pink! Thanks for a good laugh:)

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    October 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

    It has been years since I heard that one! I’m going to use the phrase on someone today, just for fun.

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    John Reese
    October 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Yea mostly from old timers.Hey thats me. Used to hear that and crooked as a dogs hind leg. Thanks for the memories.

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    Jim Casada
    October 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Tipper–I’ve always heard it rendered as “my hind leg” or more frequently, “my left hind leg.”
    Jim Casada

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    October 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Ed-seems like I have heard pish tosh before-but I cant really say where : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Uncle Al
    October 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

    OH yes, I’ve heard that from my families all my life.

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    Weaver Webb
    October 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Tipper-You have peaked my curiosity now. Could you tell me what building the skinny sisters were leaving? Sounds like a couple of crack hos out to turn their ebt cards into cash.

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    Mary Shipman
    October 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Yes, I heard it all the time growing up, my dad would say ‘my left hind foot’ if it was something really unbelievable.

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    Ed Ammons
    October 12, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Tis but a censured version of adage I heard as a lad. My @$$ — my hind end — my hind foot. I still use to latter but am much more likely to hear the former.
    Now I also mostly hear Yeah Right!
    Did you ever hear pish tosh?

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    Miss Cindy
    October 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Nope, never heard of it, except here. I do think it is an excellent expression,and one I might find good use for.
    Don’t you wonder where expressions like this come from?

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    dolores barton
    October 12, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Although I have heard it used, I have to admit I have never used it. I think I like it! TGIF!

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    October 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Yep, have said it forever.

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    October 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I have never heard anyone say that but I remember how mad my Aunt Inis was when she hurt her leg and my Grandpa said she broke her hind leg.

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    Bill Dotson
    October 12, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I have heard and said ‘my hind leg” before but not foot.

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Oh my gosh yes. It was one of my mother’s favorites and I picked it up from her.

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    October 12, 2012 at 6:13 am

    that was one of my Mother’s favorite sayings.

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