In the South, we not only pride ourselves on our drawl, but also in some of the funny ways we say things. Our colloquialisms are fodder for humorists and comedians. Some may think it makes us seem uneducated ~ personally, I find our language beautiful and quirky. In addition to the Turkey Tips I do with the kids each year, I also give them a portion of a familiar idiom or colloquialism and ask them to complete the phrase. The answers are hilarious. Thanksgiving is perfect time of year to have the kids share their answers. I think it also gives a little insight into how a 4 year old brain thinks. Some of the phrases have been completed identically by different children over the years.
A tree is only as old as the squirrel!
After sunshine comes a ladybug!
All things must go to the house!
All work and no play makes Jack a frog!
Beauty is in the eye of the world!
Better late than time!
You can lead a horse to water, but he won't swim!
Too many cooks cook something!
The early bird gets turkey!
His bark is worse than his turkey!
All that glitters is Mommy!
Beggars can't be silly!
A bird in the hand is better than a cow!
A friend in need is jumping up and down!
Out of the frying pan and into the door!
A watched pot never gobbles!
When the cat's away, it stays away!
....and the same answers 2 years running......
It only takes two to make three!
What's good for the goose is water!
I display these in our school lobby (sorry, no pics this year--I'll add some next week :) with some of the turkeys they've made and the caption "TALKIN' TURKEY".