Appalachia Appalachian Dialect Sayings from Appalachia

Appalachian Sayings – It’ll Put Hair On Your Chest


It'll put hair on your chest

Hiking up and down steep mountains will put hair on your chest. It’ll also make you take naps in the leaves.

put hair on your chest = make you stronger



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    Kimberly Burnette-Dean
    September 9, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    My daddy used to say “it will put hair on your chest” all of the time. Another favorite was “it will put lead in your pencil.”

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    November 3, 2016 at 5:47 am

    I’ve been hearing that saying every since I was old enough to remember, I always thought it meant it would make a man out of you.. I’m not saying this is what this Post is about, But Wow,, Who ever figured we’d be living in a time when Men want to be women and Women wanting to be Men.. crazy times..

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    November 2, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    I have heard that all my life and I cannot remember when I realized that I did NOT want hair on my chest and decided I would leave whatever it was alone. I was also told that drinking coffee would turn my toes black. When my Dad got hold of some strong coffee he would say that it would float an iron wedge.

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    November 2, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    A little fellow I knew had heard,” It’ll put hair on your chest and lead in your pencil.” When he got a chance to use it on someone else it came out’ It’ll put hair on your pencil.”
    I use salsa on many foods. My daughter was curious about it and I told her, “Try it, It’ll put hair on your chest.” She tried some and after several bites of bread to kill the burn looked down her shirt and said’ “Dad you lied to me. There’s no hair on my chest.” She was about four at the time.

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    November 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I guess my Dad said it some, but it was a favorite of my Uncle who said it to me and all us kids!

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    Ed Ammons
    November 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    b. Ruth – I tend to exaggerate a bit at times. Do they make meds that would remove hair AND stop me from telling lies too?

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    Chuck Howell
    November 2, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    “Saturday Night is the best night of the week cause we get to shave Daddy’s back.” U. Utah Phillips That’ll burn the Hair off your tongue. My Daddy would say of Coffee. “Fine as Frog’s Hair.” Good memories all. Thanks Tipper

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    November 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Chitter looks relaxed in those dry leaves with them sunglasses on, wonder what she found this time with that Finder. I’ve heard that expression all my life about putting hair on your chest, but for most of us it don’t work.
    A few years ago me and one of my friends went over to the Old Homeplace, looking for old things. We dug down thru the leaves and found an old bedrail and part of a stove, my family once used. I’ve got them here for my daughters, as well as part of a
    leather boot my daddy musta worn. This was in the 1920-30’s, way before I was born,
    just my 3 oldest brothers and in the Hurley Cove near the Nantahala Quarry. …Ken

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    Ann Applegarth
    November 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I’ve heard it all my life, but only in reference to drinking either strong coffee or a strong alcoholic drink.

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    Edward Karshner
    November 2, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    My Dad says this all the time and I say it to my kids, too. I just wish the Old Man would have told me that the growth wouldn’t stop with the chest! Maybe I should have climbed one less mountain.

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    Ed Ammons
    November 2, 2016 at 11:23 am

    The problem with looking for old coins around old home sites in the mountains is old mountain people didn’t have money. They grew or made most things they needed and could usually barter for those things that required cash.

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    anita griffith
    November 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I’ve had that one said to me many times,didn’t mind that one.One I hated to hear from Dad,when I didn’t do a job to suit him was,son you are going to have to lick your calf over again.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    November 2, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Tipper, that was one of my dad’s favorite expressions and I hadn’t thought about it in years. Thanks for reminding me. Like Melissa said, when my sister and I were younger this admonition was not something we wanted to heed, but my brother did.

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    b. Ruth
    November 2, 2016 at 10:55 am

    That saying I heard mostly repeated to young boys or men. I don’t think any girl wants hair on their chest. It was a favorite saying by my Daddy to my brothers and my husbands Father, passed on to our sons as well. My husband and sons weren’t privy to a lot of visible hair on the chest. One child had a concern around age 12 that he wasn’t going to have any at all. Ha Of course as they age it appeared!
    For girls, I’ve heard the saying “that will curl your hair, toes or lashes!
    I guess I was about 18 or 20 years old when, one afternoon my girlfriend and I were coming home from work, We saw what appeared to be a furry critter standing on the other side of a car. We couldn’t see the frontal view. When we got closer, It was the hairiest thing we had ever seen, with pitch black hair on his head, back, neck, chest and legs. He was in short dark shorts, no shirt, scrubbing his car, soapy bubbles going everywhere while he was spraying the car with the hose in his other hand.
    BELIEVE ME…we couldn’t believe it, and since it was near Halloween, me and my girlfriend, drove a ways to a driveway, We turned around and drove back by to take another look at this creature. Thinking it might be a Halloween jokester! YEP, sure enough it WASN’T a costume, it was the hairiest man we had ever seen.
    Later after I had children, when we passed that neighborhood where he lived, I would tell my boys of the man that must have done a lot of hard work cause he had more hair than I ever saw in my life. Yes, I told the boys that washing the car would put hair on their chest when they were little. Ha
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…I know excess hair is a nuisance for some men. Ed, there is some meds you can get to rid yourself of that excess hair, but then I hear that your voice might change an octave or so! Just sayin’ !

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    November 2, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hi My dad said that all the time, he sure wasn’t from Appalachian. It must just be a very old saying that has made it’s way around. He also would say” it will put hair on our ears too”! As a girl I use to tell him” I didn’t want hair in either place thank you”. As kids these saying these sayings would never fail to make us giggle.

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    Pam Danner
    November 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Well I don’t know about hair on your chest but I sure hope you found something good with that metal detector!

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    Ron Banks
    November 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

    That’s what people would say good white liquor would do too. It must’ve worked because after sampling it a few times I finally got some hair on my chest!
    I’m glad I only sampled it a few times or I might have looked like a wooly booger!

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    Ed Ammons
    November 2, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Don’t talk about hair on your chest. I’ve got hair on my chest. Lots of hair. Like a bear hair. I like to wear knit shirts and T shirts. The hair works its way out through the cloth. When I was young the hair was black so I couldn’t wear light colored shirts. Now I am old and my hair chest hair is salt and pepper so it shows no matter what I wear.
    A tuft of chest hair always wants to poke out at my collar. It seems to have a target on it. People like to give it a tug, to see if it is real I suppose. Even people I don’t know that well seem to have an overwhelming urge to pull at my chest hair. I would say it is like someone pulling the hair on my head but I can’t remember that far back.
    I am a tick magnet. Those little demons like to hide in my hair. No, not my head hair, I am bald, but on my chest. In the summer I keep my chest shaved so I can find them before they inoculate me with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease.
    I have hair like that on my back too. I think it slid down off my head and spread out across my back. Like the debris field from a landslide. I can’t see back there or reach there to shave so that is my vulnerability, the chink in my armor so to speak.

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    Gayle Larson
    November 2, 2016 at 9:18 am

    If it doesn’t put hair on you chest it surely will curl your toes,

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    November 2, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I’ve heard that saying many times. Daddy used to say that when someone commented on his strong coffee.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 2, 2016 at 8:46 am

    That was one of my Dad’s most common expressions. I have notheard it for quite a while. Thanks for the reminder.
    Is that a metal detector and did they find any treasures?

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    Melissa P (misplaced Southerner)
    November 2, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I’ve heard anything from strong coffee to strong drink putting hair on your chest. One can imagine that, when I was little, I wanted to avoid all of those things – at any cost.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 2, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Yep, metal detecting in the mountains will put hair on your chest and wear you out!

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