Since I decided to feature Appalachian Sayings as a regular series here on the Blind Pig and The Acorn, I’ve kept my eyes and ears out for colorful meaningful phrases. Recently I came across a dandy one in the book My Mountains My People written by John Parris.
The phrase doesn’t fall into the common sayings that I’ve been sharing, but I decided it was so unique and to the point that I had to share it with you anyway.
Excerpt from the article Rustic Imagery Disappearing written by John Parris.
“One of the old timers who was seldom at as loss for a word was Israel (Wid) Medford over in Haywood County. When he lacked other means of expression, a coinage of his own would come from his lips. Once when interrupted while telling a story, he turned to the feller and said: “Just tend to broilin’ your bacon, Jonas and let me travel to suit my own legs.” After that, the feller stuck to minding his own business.”
Just tend to broilin’ your bacon, and let me travel to suit my own legs.
As I said, the saying is by no means common-but I think I’m going to start saying it and maybe it’ll catch on.