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How Cold Is It At Your House?

Two years ago on January 14th-I was complaining about the 16 degree temps. This morning when I woke up it was 5 degrees at the Blind Pig house and we still have our 8 inches of snow too. Kinda makes 16 and no snow sound nice. This bitter cold morning, the temps in the south are lower than places in Alaska.

On Jan 14 2009 I shared some of my favorite cold sayings with you like:

  • Cold as whiz (I still don’t really know what this means)
  • Cold as a well diggers butt
  • Blue Cold
  • Too cold to snow (there was much discussion about this one)

Then you shared some of your favorite cold saying with me like:

  • Cold as kraut
  • Too cold to write your name in the snow (this is now The Deer Hunters favorite)
  • Cold enough to freeze the nuts off a steel bridge
  • Cold as a Mother-n-law’s heart (not mine-Miss Cindy’s heart is full of warmth)
  • Colder than a witches tit
  • Cold as “gouge” as my mamma says (I don’t know what this one means-but it’s from Clay County NC)
  • Cold as all get out
  • Freezing tamales
  • Cold enough for a 3 dog night
  • Too cold to stick your tongue to a flag pole
  • Cold as a frosted frog
  • Too cold to let the chickens out

How cold is it at your house? Got any cold sayings to add?




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    January 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I usually say cold as all get out, but I’m with the Deer Hunter on the one about writing your name in the snow. That’s funny. I’ll bet my Captain will like that one, too.
    And I like the one about the three dog night, too. It reminds me of my three dogs all curled up together for warmth. Which they do quite often…..inside!

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    January 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    We’re finally cooling off a bit from our near summer temperatures! But it doesn’t appear that the temps will go very low. The forecast doesn’t even have a low of freezing in it. But we’re not giving up and putting the skates away just yet!

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    Gary Powell
    January 17, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Colder than a well digger’s hands in the Yukon. Gary in KY

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    January 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Tipper:it,s 51 here in the great pacific n.w. 48 in “tarheel west”, sedro wooley . we are having what they call the “pinapple express” , the weather guy who is almost always wrong ,says it.i personally do not miss the cold at all. most of the words for very cold,are not what i like to use in mixed company. my favorite from WW11, is as cold as hitlers heart. by for now. k.o.h

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    January 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    It is to cold to even shiver!
    Whitetail Woods Blog / Deer Hunting and Blackpowder Shooting at it’s best.

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    January 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    -25 celcius here, with waist-deep snow that has accumulated over the last week or so. Could be worse, I suppose. The ‘too cold to snow’ saying is actually true – once it gets to about -35, the snow generally stops. Around here, the wind usually also stops at -35 or -40, and the snow squeaks when you walk on it. I actually like those days. -25 with a wind really sucks, though.

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    barbara gantt
    January 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Cold here too. This morning it was minus 5. Barbara

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    Sid Gilchrist
    January 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

    It was so cold here this morning I saw a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets ! ! !

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    January 15, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Tipper, I had a “DUH” moment this morning while talking to my south Ga brother. When he asked me why the deer were continuing to dig in the same spot, it hit me.
    I had a humongous acorn crop under those trees. The deer are finding them, by the bushel.
    Back in the fall you could hardly walk on them, they were so thick on the ground.
    Somewhere I’v got a foto of the acorns taken in the fall.

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    January 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I have heard most of the ones you listed, but my Mom always says “cold as Christmas” – even after we moved to FL. I’ve observed that Christmas is not usually colder than the rest of the winter, no matter where you live- until this year. Coldest Dec. on record, and our electric bill was close to the highest ever, incl. July/Aug. a/c!
    Not to complain with all your power outages,feet of snow and ice on the roads, but the forecasters got it wrong several times already; and I’m losing so many plants,looks like we’ll have to change our landscaping to mid-Georgia zones.

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    January 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

    It’s 26 here this morning, but the cold front is on its way. They’re forecasting daytime highs in the teens with single digits at night for the next several days. That’s not counting the wind chill, which can get pretty brutal.
    All I can add to the sayings, and this might be familial rather than regional, is that it’s so cold hell has frozen over. Mostly we refer to the well digger’s behind and the brass monkey’s private parts!
    We also got close to a foot of snow in the last blast, with another 2 – 4″ forecast for today. So far we’ve had something like 79″ this season and are nearing an all-time record – huzzah.
    This all calls for another pot of homemade soup – and a LOT of fantasizing about seed starting time!

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    January 15, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Bless your hearts! We’re having a heat wave compared to ya’ll. Susposed to get 48 degrees today. Has been in the 20’s and 30’s the last few days. Guess it had to warm up to rain. Wish the sun would shine. Be so glad when winters over and spring is here.

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    January 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

    The comic Robin Williams once refered to the cold and he took two old sayings and changed them around to make one. Hope this is not too naughty, He said, “It ‘s cold enough to freeze the brass off a witch monkey.”

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 15, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I don’t have anything to add either, but your first one I;ve never heard, the rest I hear at least once a year. It got down in the 20’s a couple of days ago here where I live in FL. Warming up now only to 46 last night.

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    Jim Casada
    January 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Tipper–I’m not sure what is going on, but I didn’t receive your cold blog until more than 24 hours after it was posted, and as you know, my response to the previous one, on walnuts, never made it. I’ve called my server and they didn’t really have any answers. Anyway, I’ll add a few “cold as” adages to your list, noting as I do so that there are others which won’t pass master for reasons of crudity.
    Cold as a banker’s heart.
    Cold as Scrooge.
    Cold as a winter trout.
    Cold enough to frost just-cooked grits.
    Cold enough to turn pee to ice before it hits the ground.
    Cold as a lawyer’s love.
    Cold as a divorcee’s embrace.
    As for weather, it’s been cold here, although not in the single digits you have. I find it troubling primarily because it is cutting into my squirrel hunting time.
    Jim Casada

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    Pat in east TN
    January 15, 2011 at 9:18 am

    We laughed that we had a ‘heat wave’ this morning as the temperature was 16, but yesterday morning it was 3. Our coldest this winter was 0 with a wind chill that took it way down. We still have probably 6 to 8″ of snow on the ground … it drifted in places so it’s hard to tell.
    Can’t add to your cold comments, but got a kick out of several of them.

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    January 15, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Cold as a well digger’s a** is our favorite saying. 🙂

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    January 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I grew up hearing a variation on blue cold. And I so get it. We are under 28 inches of new stuff plus the old dirty stuff. I am marveling that the roads are clear. I will marvel again when it all dissolves into the earth to become forsythia and hyacinth!

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    Vicki Lane
    January 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Not as cold as it was, anyway! Expecting a heat wave in the low forties tomorrow.

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    January 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Here in NE Okla, we were into the single digits at nite, and not much warmer during the day. I think we got up to around 40 something today and it’s 37 right now at 7:27pm. Almost balmy!!!
    I can’t recall any cold sayings beside the ones you mentioned.
    Keep warm

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    January 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Cold here in MI too. Just wanted to add to one you already posted that I used to love to say. “Colder than a witches tit in a brass bra”

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    B. Ruth
    January 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    From all these sayin’s it’s pretty doggone cold….I say colder n’ “whizdangit”..Don’t know where that came from..for most “whiz” as my men here speak of, is warm…unless you “whiz” on the electric fence..then it’s hot! Gee-hau(sic)Whiz! LOL
    Also heard/used the Brass monkey one and finally learned the legend about the brass monkey. Too long to go into here, but like anything else can be
    It was 14 degrees here this morning on my ‘puter but I think the wind chill outside was at least 7 degrees. It has barely gone ove 32 degrees today, so the snow is hanging around even on the trees. I know one “blametaked thang”..our electric bill was the highest for December we ever had 349.00 and we’re only heating part of the house since the children are grown..Whew! Not whew from heat either!…LOL
    Thanks Tipper

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    January 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    We have warmed up to the twenty’s during the day and teens at night. Next week back to the single digits. Around her we say it colder the well digs knees. Trying to keep it family friendly! Stay warm!

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    January 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I’d like to thank Miss Cindy for
    her nice comment.
    And I’ve heard it all my life that
    ‘its colder’n hell’ over here where I live. (Still don’t make
    sense) It was 3 degrees this morning. Just think, its only 128
    days left till summer…Ken

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    Garland Davis
    January 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Tipper, it was down to 64 degrees here in Honolulu this morning. Is it the new Ice Age??

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    January 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Right now it’s 10 pm and it’s got 12*C (53F) which is cold for me! Our highest temp today was 17*C (61F)at midday. My favourite cold saying: “Cold pudding settles love”

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    Miss Cindy
    January 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Too cold!!! That’s the truth and part of my heat went off Monday so my house has been chillier than I like. Thankfully I have a couple of electric heaters to supplement with. I think the Deer Hunter and his dad are coming to fix it next week. But, hey, life is good, I haven’t missed any meals! lol
    I’ve been thinking some more about that nut cracker. Ken must be very talented to figure out how to make that thing. You know most folks can’t do anything for themselves these days. The Deer Hunter is like that too, he can make things and fix things. I mean how many men do you know who can put a new motor in a truck like the Deer Hunter did and with no background or training in mechanics. I think it is mostly our country boys like Ken and the Deer Hunter who can do things like that.

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    Janet Iles
    January 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    In southern Ontario, we have warmed up today to 24 F (-5C). There is not much wind. Windchill is important as the north winds can be very bitter.
    Although my office thermometer says 23C, I am cold.
    I can’t think of any cold expressions. You shared some that I have never heard of.

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    January 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Tipper it was 25 here in NW Florida this morning and a very hard frost. It was colder than a well diggers hiney!

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    January 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    none to add, heard most of these, but not here in florida. we are shivering at 58 right now, 39 when we got up so not as cold as the rest of the world.

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    January 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Tipper, Chet Atkins once sung a song he wrote, “I still write your name in the snow”.
    I think you can find it by googling the name.
    Not for children, they ask too many questions.

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    Patty Hall
    January 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

    No other cold sayings here. It was 7* here in my little ‘hall-er’ when I got up. Still lots of snow on the ground.
    Patty H

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    January 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Tipper it was 5.4 at our house this morning and still have around 12-14 inches of snow, None of it has melted yet, probably won’t till Spring. hahaha
    Colder than a witches tit with a brass bra on……hahahahaha

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    Sheila Bergeron
    January 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Well! I guess I can’t complain-it was 19 night before and 22 last night and I think 30ish tonight. Daddy used to tell Mama.” better bring the brass monkey in” I know I’ve been so cold the last few days I cant hardly stand it. But it will soon be gone and we can start on the gardens.Be blessed.

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    Richard Harrison
    January 14, 2011 at 10:03 am

    “Cold enough to freeze the ass off a brass monkey.”

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    January 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

    No cold sayings here that you haven’t listed. I guess we sent you the cold from nw Arkansas. It was below zero here at night this past week. I took my daily walks in the snow at 10′ in the morning or the upper teens to low 20’s in the afternoon. We should hit 40′ today so hopefully that will be coming your way too.

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    January 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

    colder than a well digger’s ummmm butt, yea butt, but that’s not how my papaw said it 🙂

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    Donna W
    January 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Colder than a well-digger’s ass. It was 6 below yesterday.

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    January 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

    It’s 18 here, so we have you beat. It’s a hollow victory, at best. Anyway, there’s about six inches of show on the ground. We’ll still have ours six weeks from now, you probably won’t.

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