“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore “Teddy’s” mother, Martha Stewart “Mittie” Bulloch, was not just a Southern Belle, but was the model Margaret Mitchell used for Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Teddy might have heard these Southernisms from his mother.
1. A can of corn and a pop fly.
2. Ain’t no hill for a climber.
3. Ain’t no thang but a chicken wang (wing).
4. Easier than falling off a greasy log.
5. Handier than a shirt pocket.
6. He could talk the dogs off a meat truck.
7. I wouldn’t trade her for a farm in Georgia.
8. If she says her hen dips snuff, you can look under the wing for a can.
9. No flies on them.
10. She could sell salt to a snail.
11. Smart as a tree full of owls.
12. Smart as a whip.
13. Useful as a prefabricated post hole.
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