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Sayings and Idioms that Have Fallen Out of Use

Have you ever felt like Will Farrell’s character in Anchorman when he heard the old expression “When in Rome…” but continued to grin secretly thinking “what does that mean?” Well, you should know! We are not here to ease things down for you. But good news is there are some things that are OK not to be completely familiar with. We’ve gathered a list of antiquated words, phrases, and idioms for your delight:

Did you step on a frog? 

That means someone has farted.

That took longer than a month of Sundays!

That apparently means something takes you a long time to do. It’s true, we can still relate to that. Sunday is a slow-motion day.

Well, well, well. Three holes in the ground.

A well is a hole in the ground! Haha, that’s funny because it’s not…

I see, said the blind man to the deaf girl as he picked up his hammer and saw.

He’s blind, so he can’t see! So it basically means to understand something – “see it”, be enlightened.

She’s a lush.

She drinks a lot, cannot contain her drinking habit.

I’m looped.

To be confused.

I going to write a letter to the president.

I am going to use the bathroom.

He can’t say boo to a goose.

He’s really shy!

I need to see a man about a dog.

Again, I need to use the bathroom. People reeeeally needed ways to say that, I guess.

Go teach your grandmother how to suck eggs!

You hear that when you’re telling someone something he already knows. And he gets really mad about it. That doesn’t sound nice!

And here are some with no traceable meaning by the closing of this blog post. What do you think they mean? Hint: Ask your parents or grandparents!

The dogs are flying off the chain

No matter how thin you make a cow, it’s never a goat.

And by the way, “When in Rome, (do as the Romans do)” means you have to follow a group’s traditional rituals if you want to be part of it. Now, don’t forget it, ok?