When I sit down to write yesterday’s post I was thinking about old sayings that have the word world in them, that just isn’t what my little fingers typed out.
Funny how saying or words common in one area of Appalachia may not be common in other parts. Go Devil comes to mind. I remember when I used it in one of the Appalachian Vocabulary Tests-I was surprised to discover the use of the word was unfamiliar to many of you who usually know all the words.
Back in the day when me and The Deer Hunter were dating, I remember him teasing me for saying ‘every day of the world’-like “He thinks he has to call her every day of the world and make sure she’s o.k.” Apparently the saying was not familiar in The Deer Hunter’s circle of people. One day he said “What does that even mean?” I said “It means every day of the world what do you think it means!”
A few other world sayings:
- Dead to the world: being deeply asleep. “I reckon I was dead to the world I didn’t hear the storm at all.” I say this one too. I sleep dead to the world every night and The Deer Hunter wishes he did.
- What in the world/Why in the world: disbelief, surprise. “Why in the world did you erase my David Grier message?” (I guess you all wish I’d hush about my David Grier message-the people I live with are tired of hearing about it too)
- I wouldn’t take the world for you: valuing something/someone. “I wouldn’t take the world and it’s riches for my Daddy.”
- If the world ends/the world may end: why do something or why not do something when life might be over soon. “I’m tired of worrying about how Gerlene’s going to fix this mess before next week. You never know the world may end tomorrow and it won’t matter no how.”
- Worldly women/men/things: used in a derogatory way. “Why children today worry too much about worldly goods instead of worrying about their neighbor in need.”
- The World is my oyster: all the good opportunities of the world are yours for the taking. “After I got my first job with Ritter I felt like the world was my oyster.”
- Carrying the weight of the world: being worried. “With his sick wife and then loosing his job he looked like he was a carrying the weight of the world.”
- He’s in his own little world: “Oh he’s sitting in there in his chair reading a book. Once he starts reading he’s in his own little world. You’ll have to tell him you’re here before he notices you.”
Eventually The Deer Hunter quit teasing me for saying every day of the world and I actually believe I’ve heard it come out of his mouth once or twice since our courting days.