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.