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Bringing Back the Old Fashion Homesteading Insults

Bringing Back the Old Fashion Homesteading Insults is a fun way to dive back into history and language. Many common sayings “back in the day” have almost literally been forgotten even by the old timers. I love to throw out an old term that will perplex the people I am speaking with.

Bringing Back the Old Fashion Homesteading Insults

Regardless of the era, you have lived in there were certain things that were said that were meant to be insulting. However, much of the old fashion ways that were used to describe things that had to do with homesteading is long been forgotten. This article, however, was designed to remind people of some of the ways people used to insult them in the olden days.

This article was shared as a way to educate today’s homesteaders about how their predecessors used to be referred to by other people that were around back in the day. The author of the article was making a reference to the idea that somehow some of these insulting words and insulting phrases may at some point find their way back into today’s vocabulary. According to the way that the author wrote the article is they believe that at least some of the words might eventually find their way back in use.

Here are just a few to add to the 50 Vintage Insults in the next article:

* Sidewinder: dangerously cunning or devious person.

* She’s as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

* He’d been in the desert so long, he knew all the lizards by their first names.

* Son of a gun: politer version of the epithet “son of a bitch,” indicating extreme contempt.

* Squatter: settler who attempts to settle land belonging to someone else.

* Tenderfoot: newcomer; inexperienced person.

* Whippersnapper: young, presumptuous and/or impertinent person.

* Windbag: person who talks too much, especially in a self-aggrandizing way.

* He’s as slow as molasses in January.

* His voice sounded like someone forgot to grease the wagon.

* Bespawler – A bespawler is a slobbering person, who spits when he talks.

* He was mad enough to swallow a horn-toad backwards.

* RakeFire – A visitor who outstays his or her welcome. Originally, someone who stays so late the dying coals in the fireplace would need to be raked over just to keep it burning.

* He’s so mean he’d steal a fly from a blind spider.

* Gillie Wet Foot – someone who gets into debt and then flees.

* He was so mean, he’d fight a rattler and give him the first bite.
Bringing Back the Old Fashion Homesteading Insults


* Vice Admiral Of The Narrow Seas – a drunken man that pisses under the table into his companions’ shoes…someone that can’t hold their booze

* He was mean enough to steal a coin off a dead man’s eyes.

* Boboylyne – a fool

* He made an ordinary fight look like a prayer meetin’.

* Not Clean Enough To Spit Upon – someone is so dirty even spit wouldn’t make a difference.

* When I’m done with you, there won’t be enough left of you to snore.

* He is as poor as a church mouse.

* He’s as rich as possum gravy.

* He was mean enough to eat off the same plate with a snake.

* He was so mad he could bite himself.

* He was mean enough to hunt bears with a hickory switch.

* He is so thin he could take a bath in a shotgun barrel.

* If he closed one eye he’d look like a needle.

* He is so fat, you’d have to throw a diamond hitch to keep him in the saddle.

* He is built like a snake on stilts.

* Cow-Handed – someone as “cow-handed,” means they’re as awkward as a cow trying to grasp something (bovines are cloven-hoofed)

Benefits of reading Bringing Back the Old Fashion Homesteading Insults

Discover some of the old ways that homesteaders used to be insulted back in the day and how they were used

The list of insulting words or phrases that have long been replaced by much more colorful words over the years

Each of the insults is explained so that everyone is able to understand what was meant by it back in the day

All of the things that were shared were written in a way that makes it really easy to read and understand

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Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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