Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 23:50:01 -0800 From: Kim & Rima McKinzey Subject: Re: expressions -Reply At 9:50 AM 1/26/96, Molly Dickmeyer wrote: >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, 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. Rima