Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 23:50:01 -0800
From: Kim & Rima McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET
Subject: Re: expressions -Reply
At 9:50 AM 1/26/96, Molly Dickmeyer wrote:
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."
Thanks for the response. The expression must be wider spread, however,
since said grandmother-in-law has lived her entire life around the
Texas-Oklahoma border and is of English heritage as far as I know.