Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 09:50:06 -0500
From: Molly Dickmeyer dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JBLSMTP.PHL.LRPUB.COM
Subject: Re: expressions -Reply
Where I come from (PA German country), this is among the highest of
compliments. I agree with you're theory of it implying experience,
but I'm not sure about sophistication, necessarily, beyond being
"civilized"; "and wore shoes" might be the equivalent of saying "and
walks upright," if you get my drift. There's also an element of
having common sense and the "right" priorities. A related saying is
"been around long enough to know what's what."
Kim & Rima McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET 1/26/96, 02:23am
"If ice freezes on high water, the water will come back and get it."
"Go back and lick your calf over again."
This reminds me of my grandmother-in-law who, after visiting my
husband and me for the first time, said of me in a later discussion,
that I'd "been around and wore shoes." This was said as a compliment
and I defined it as referring to someone who had more experience or
sophistication. I've never heard it before or since. Comments?