Appalachia Overheard



“If you ever lay an egg just back up and admire it.”



Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia


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    Rev. RB
    May 2, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Probably good advice. Might confuse others enough so they stop to admire it too, instead of laughing at you for laying an egg. LOL
    God bless.

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    George Pettie
    May 1, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I guess this is an aphorism suggesting that we not be too hard on ourselves and just take it in stride when we’ve made a gaff, or committed some goof up.

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    May 1, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I’ll do more than admire it.. I hate what they call selfees,, but It’ll be a Kodiak moment..

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    May 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Maybe this means that if you do something remarkable which surprises even yourself, you don’t need to “crow about it” but you should be quietly pleased with yourself.

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    May 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    While in the waiting room yesterday, the History Channel had a program about the history of language. When they related numerous idioms related to poultry, they did not include this one. Wonder how they would explain it?

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    May 1, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    What’d jue do this time?
    I was listening to the weather girl
    and there’s no chance of rain for
    the next 5 days…finally…Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    May 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I’ve never laid an egg but I’ve made an egg! A Hollywood egg! I didn’t cackle but I was certainly proud.
    Remember when Horton hatched an egg?

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    May 1, 2015 at 9:08 am

    This saying depends if you take the literal meaning or the implied meaning. Hummm!

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    b. Ruth
    May 1, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I suppose if one could lay an actual, factual literal egg, then one would deserve “a pat on the back” and then one could go on and “toot their own horn,” and have themselves a “hardy cackle”! That is while they were on the way to the research and scientific physicians to find out “the how and why” of the situation!
    I don’t think I would want to “back up and admire it, if I laid an egg!” That is if one is referring to the idiom “laid an egg”, which conjures up the meaning of a failure…

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    Miss Cindy
    May 1, 2015 at 7:30 am

    If I ever lay an egg, I will be sure to back up and admire it! LOL

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