Appalachia Sayings from Appalachia

Appalachian Sayings – Settin’ Is Cheaper Than Standing

Set down and rest sitting is cheaper than standing

Sit down and rest – settin’s cheaper than standing.



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    Ed Ammons
    February 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Hatch a double yolked egg and get conjoined hens!

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    February 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Humm never thought of it that way.. Seems more realistic the older I get thou..

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    Steve Wilson
    February 7, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I would think that if you are up and moving you are
    “spending” energy, so, therefore it would be
    “cheaper” to sit.

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    February 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Hadn’t heard this one before…but have the others that readers shared.

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    Aquilla Yagoda
    February 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve wondered this also. I know that we use to get double yolk eggs. I never remember using a double yolk for a setting hen.
    I love seeing the old sayings as it bring back fond memories, such as the ones mentioned above.

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    February 7, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I use to go fishing alot up above
    the Nantahala Lake. My cousin’s dad would take us boys up there, showing us good places to be at
    come deer season. We all waded and caught lots of trout, but one time
    I saw this thing squatted across
    the river. As I got near, I could
    see my cousin’s dad, squatting and draggin’ in the fish. He
    looked to me like a bullfrog
    sitting on a lily pad, but after
    a long time he got up and moved
    to another place. Even as young
    as I was, I would’ve had to get
    circulation back before I tried
    that. He was the only man I ever
    knew that could drink freshly
    poured, boiled coffee without
    letting it cool. Nice memories.

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    Watt A. Yolk
    February 7, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Go to…This site will give you several answers to the question…evidentially it has happened!
    We never had one hatch. We had large eggs sometimes, so didn’t know until it was cracked open!

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    George Pettie
    February 7, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I recall old time mountain folk talking about doing “easy settin’ down work,” – such things as peeling fruit, cracking walnuts and weaving baskets.

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    February 7, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Beautiful sunshine outside. Won’t be long now ’til spring. Before we know it we will be growing and storing that food my Gramma said was “better than a snowball.”
    “Come in, sit down, take a load off your feet.” was a usual greeting to friend and family alike. I have not heard “Settin’s cheaper than standin’.” I just sent spell check into a total frenzy with the last word.
    I would like to add that you, Tipper, are turning into a master photographer. You are capturing visuals I can actually feel in my heart. This one is great. The photos are beginning to remind me of an Appalachian photo version of Norman Rockwell illustrations.

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    Kim Campbell
    February 7, 2015 at 9:49 am

    This is a new one for me! I have always heard “Sit down and take a load off”

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    Ron Banks
    February 7, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I don’t believe I’ve heard that one before but I like it. I’ve been settin here this morning holding my chair down so it won’t run off!!

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    February 7, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Never heard that one, but I like it!

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    Sallie Covolo
    February 7, 2015 at 8:56 am

    “Never stand if you can sit and never sit if you can lie down.”

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    February 7, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Well Tipper:, FINALLY I get to ask a question. Having lived on the farm where I gathered eggs everyday, we generally had eggs for breakfast every day. Imagine my surprise to occasionally find two yokes in one egg shell when I cracked the egg.
    If a double-yoked egg were placed under a ‘setting hen’ would two chicks be hatched from that egg? I NEVER knew the answer. Do any of your readers know the answer?
    James Seymour Wike

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    February 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I wonder who’s ‘settin’ with those big shoes! Another one is just squatin’, not quite ‘settin.’

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    February 7, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I don’t think I’ve heard before “Settin’s cheaper than standin'” but how about this:
    “Sit down and rest awhile. Take the load off your feet!”
    That was the invitation on hot summer days when we went to get water for those laboring in the fields, and whoever the water-bearer was was as tired and hot as those laboring in the field. And we might take, at the most, five minutes to “rest a spell” and “take the load off’en our feet!”et

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    Steve in Tn
    February 7, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Never heard that one before but I will use it today. Seems to be true depending on what currency you are using. I like it and can imagine it being used similar to “come on in and sit a while”.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 7, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Tip, I don’t think I’ve ever heard this one before. I wonder what it means. Does it take less energy to sit than to stand. I think most of these sayings have an origin and I wonder sometimes what their beginnings were.

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    b. Ruth
    February 7, 2015 at 6:32 am

    “Come on in, sit down, take a load off”
    “Don’t do standing, what you can do sitting!”
    My Mom used to say, “Are you just going to sit there and do nothing?”
    “Well,.. no, I might take a nap!”
    “Then are you just going to sleep your life away!”
    Just couldn’t win sometimes when I came in tired from school…LOL
    Thanks Tipper,
    Have a great weekend…we are having a February thaw…60 degrees predicted for tomorrow in our neck of the woods…then colder….again!

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