Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 09:50:06 -0500 From: Molly Dickmeyer Subject: Re: expressions -Reply Rima: 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." Molly >>> Kim & Rima McKinzey 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? Rima