When a woman of the '30s, '40s, '50s said she had "fallen off the roof" it 
meant that she was having her period. I looked it up and couldn't find its 
origin. I wonder if it has something to do with "rusty tin roof", "tin roof, 
rusted", etc.?
Gerry


WILTON wrote:

> 'Never heard anything 'bouta rusty tin roof for anything related to 
> pregnancy.
> 
> Wilton
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Curt Raymond via Mercedes" <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> To: "Mercedes Discussion List" <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> Cc: "Curt Raymond" <curtlud...@yahoo.com>
> Sent: Monday, June 08, 2015 5:44 PM
> Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT - A COUNTRY BOY REMEMBERS - GLOSSARY
> 
> 
> > Did anybody ever actually hear anybody say "tin roof, rusted" for 
> > pregnancy? I've heard it used in music (most famously by the B52s) but 
> > never actually heard anybody say it.
> > -Curt
> >      From: Rich Thomas via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> > To: mercedes@okiebenz.com
> > Cc: Rich Thomas <richthomas79td...@constructivity.net>
> > Sent: Monday, June 8, 2015 4:35 PM
> > Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT - A COUNTRY BOY REMEMBERS - GLOSSARY
> >
> > You forgot, "I'll swannnnnn...." which I think meant "I'll swear" but
> > Baptists never swore so swan it was. And "Lawslaws" or "Lawsamercy"
> > which also substituted for "lawdlawd" etc.
> >
> > And "Rectum" -- that boy drove them tars off the road and rectum. Had ta
> > git a coupla recaps ta fixem.
> >
> >
> > --R
> >
> >
> >
> > On 6/8/15 3:19 PM, WILTON via Mercedes wrote:
> >> More GLOSSARY
> >> By Wilton Strickland
> >>
> >> I lost my homework. -- I did not do my homework.
> >> I'll be dog, I'll be doggone -- I'm amazed
> >> In a bind, in a scrape/squeeze, in a tight -- in trouble, need money
> >> to pay bills
> >> In a family way -- pregnant
> >> In high cotton -- got it made; doing very well
> >> In hog heaven -- also doing very well - very comfortable
> >> In the foot of the truck or car -- on the floor
> >> In the short rows -- almost finished
> >> I'm done. -- I've finished.
> >> I'm fixin' da -- I'm getting ready to; I'm about to; I'm going to
> >> In the heat o' d'day -- during the hottest part of the day, usually,
> >> early to mid-afternoon
> >> I put it right where I'd know where it is. -- I've lost it.
> >> Irregardless -- regardless
> >> I snibbed it -- I just brushed the side of it; almost missed
> >> I stole it -- I paid hardly anything for it.
> >> I swanny -- substitute for I swear
> >> Itching like a man on a fuzzy tree -- itching really bad
> >> It floored me. -- It astonished, surprised or baffled me.
> >> It really got away with me -- It embarrassed me.
> >> I yea'bout died or I near 'bout died -- I was so shocked, I almost died.
> >> Jawl-P? -- Did you go to the bathroom?
> >> Jeet yet -- Have you eaten yet?
> >> Jes' like a sharecropper in a drought -- not doing very well
> >> Johnny on the spot -- always on time
> >> Jump from the fryin' pan into the fire -- get in even worse trouble
> >> Just a hair -- a very small unit of measure; a hair's width
> >> Kick the traces -- out of line; breach restraints
> >> Knock on wood -- to prevent bad luck
> >> Landlord -- landowner
> >> 'Lasses -- molasses
> >> Layin' down -- lying down
> >> Layin' by d'backa, hillin' d'backa -- final plowing of the tobacco
> >> crop for the season
> >> Leastwise -- at least
> >> 'Lectwisty -- electricity
> >> Less is more. -- Don't over do it. Keep it simple.
> >> Lick -- a brush with the tongue, a blow with a hand
> >> Lick of work -- a token stroke of work
> >> Lickity-split -- quickly
> >> Light the fahr -- start the fire
> >> Like something on a stick -- something special, such as a candy apple
> >> or a lollipop
> >> Loopin' d'backa, stringin' d'backa -- attaching the tobacco leaves to
> >> sticks with cotton string (d'backa twine) to facilitate hanging it in
> >> the curing or drying barn.
> >> Mad as a wet settin' hen -- really upset, angry
> >> Mad as fire -- very angry, violent temper
> >> Mad as Hell -- even more angry
> >> Makin' hay -- making good progress
> >> Malarkey -- mess, foolishness, worthless stuff
> >> Mash -- squeeze tightly, push a button or pedal; often done to
> >> potatoes to "cream" them
> >> 'Matahs, 'maters, 'matussusses -- tomatoes
> >> Mendin' up, puttin' on a little -- gaining weight
> >> Mess of peas, beans, corn, turnip salad (salit), etc. -- enough to
> >> cook for a meal
> >> Messed up -- made a mistake; out of order
> >> Might -- may
> >> Might can -- may be able to
> >> Might would -- may decide to
> >> Mighty -- southern for very
> >> Mitzibushy Zero -- Mitsubishi Zero, WW II Japanese fighter plane
> >> Mommic or mommic up -- break or render inoperative, mess up
> >> Monks, i. e., in 6 monks -- months - in 6 months
> >> Moppin' cotton -- mopping arsenic-laced molasses onto cotton plants
> >> using a mop of rags on the end of a short stick
> >> Mud hole -- puddle of water
> >> My ears are burning. -- Somebody is talking about me.
> >> My left palm is itching. -- I'm getting some money.
> >> My nose is itching. -- Somebody is coming.
> >> My right palm is itching. -- I'm going to shake a stranger's hand.
> >> My stomach hurts. -- I don't want to go to school this morning. I
> >> don't want to drop soda. I don't want to sucker tobacco today. Etc.
> >> Nab -- catch - The police will nab the killer.
> >> Nabs -- small crackers with peanut butter between them, some square,
> >> some round (disc-shaped), often made by Nabisco and available at
> >> d'store with a cold Co-Cola, Pepsi, RC, etc., for a snack. Substitute
> >> for a moon pie or a small bag of salted peanuts.
> >> Nairn -- none
> >> Nairy -- neither, as in, "Nairy one."
> >> Name your poison. -- What would you like to eat or drink?
> >> Naw, nawp, nope -- no
> >> Nekkid -- naked, nude
> >> Noggin' -- head
> >> Not a lick of sense -- really stupid
> >> Not worth a nickel ridin' or walkin' -- nearly worthless in any way
> >> considered
> >> Nubb, nubbin' -- a very small ear of corn; the short part left after
> >> part of a normally long object is missing. He stuck out his hand to
> >> pet the large dog, and drew back a nubb.
> >> Oh, Lordy! Oh Gosh!, Oh me! -- surprised, shocked
> >> Onct -- once, one time
> >> On the ball -- got it just right
> >> Ourn -- ours
> >> Out of something is to temporarily have none of it; to be slap out of
> >> it is to have none of it and have little chance of having any more soon.
> >> Ort to, orta -- ought to, should
> >> Own -- on
> >> Packhouse -- a building on the farm to store cured tobacco awaiting
> >> grading and transport to market
> >> Pallet -- bed on the floor usually made by spreading a quilt
> >> Pattirolman -- state police - highway patrolman
> >> Peaked -- sick, not feeling well
> >> Peggin' d'backa -- transplanting tobacco using a hand-held wooden peg
> >> to punch holes in wet soil
> >> Percolator -- coffee maker
> >> Picture show -- movie
> >> Piffy -- pithy, soft
> >> Pinhooker -- an individual who buys tobacco at the sales warehouse,
> >> re-packs it and re-sells it trying to make a profit
> >> Pitched/threw a fit -- really got upset
> >> Plum tired, plum tuckered out -- very tired
> >> Poker-upper -- one who stands on the ground and passes sticks of green
> >> tobacco to the man on the bottom tier when hanging tobacco in the
> >> curing barn
> >> Pot calling the kettle black -- You're both guilty.
> >> Pretty as a button -- very pretty
> >> Pretty is as pretty does. Beauty can come from good behavior or charm.
> >> 'Preshate it -- I appreciate what you did. Thank you.
> >> Primein' or croppin' d'backa -- harvesting the lower two or three ripe
> >> leaves on each tobacco plant one-by-one.
> >> Prob'ly -- probably
> >> Put on a little -- gained weight
> >> Put on the feed bag -- eat a really big meal
> >> Put up corn, peas, etc. -- can/freeze/preserve corn, peas, etc.
> >> Quick as greased lightnin' -- extremely fast, very slippery
> >> Quiet as a mouse -- sneaky quiet, very quiet
> >> Rather climb a light pole and lie than stand on the ground and tell
> >> the truth -- compulsive liar
> >> Really goin' to town -- going fast, working hard and fast
> >> Remember Pearl Harbor. -- WW II rallying cry - stay vigilant and
> >> resolute.
> >> Rench it out -- rinse it. He renched (rinsed) his mouth out wid warda
> >> and spit it in da zink (sink).
> >> Revenooer -- federal (ATF) agent looking for bootlegger
> >> Ridin' bare-back -- no saddle on the horse or mule
> >> Ridden hard and put up wet -- looking really bad
> >> Rigch hieanh -- right here
> >> Right off, right away -- immediately
> >> Right smart -- a good amount; a reference to quantity, not intelligence
> >> Ring leader -- usually, the person causing the most trouble
> >> Roast'near -- an ear of sweet, tender corn
> >> Rough as a cob -- the roughness of a cob from an ear of newly-shelled
> >> corn, very rough
> >> Rumble seat -- a seat outside of the enclosed passenger cabin of a car
> >> and in what is normally the trunk
> >> Runnin' around -- cheating on the spouse
> >> Runnin' board -- horizontal, board-like shelf on the outside of a car,
> >> beneath the bottom of the doors and between the fenders.
> >> Run off with -- eloped
> >> Seemint - concrete
> >>
> >> Wilton
> >>
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