|"Sammy"--Virginia's Explore Park, Roanoke, Virginia|
Some scholars are like donkeys, they merely carry a lot of books.
A hair from a horse's tail in running water will turn into a snake.
A new broom sweeps clean.
It is bad luck to kill a cricket. (I have let crickets drive me crazy chirping in the house rather than risk harming them!)
As big as I don't know what. (So big that you can't even begin to compare it with something. "That pumpkin is as big as I don't know what!")
As easy as rolling off a log. (Something that is very simple to do.)
It is bad luck to hear a hen crow; kill her at once. (Grandma always talked about grabbing up hens that crowed and wringing their neck to avoid having bad luck.)
As full as a tick. (This one has always sort of grossed me out because of the image in my mind of a blood-filled tick!)
It is bad luck to open an umbrella inside the house.
As good as gold.
As pleased as Punch. (I had never really thought about this saying even though I use it all of the time. Of course, it refers to the puppet character, Mr. Punch of "Punch & Judy" fame.)
It is bad luck to rock an empty rocking chair. (I used to get chastised often at my grandmother's house for rocking empty chairs.)
Between me and you and the gate post. ("Now, I am going to tell you something that is just between me and you and the gate post." I have also heard fence post instead of gate post.)
A ring around the moon indicates snow is on the way. The number of stars inside the ring tells how many inches.
It is bad luck to cut cornbread. You should always break off a piece. (We always broke cornbread at home. I started to use a knife one time and grandma put a stop to that immediately!)
Cool as a cucumber.
Proud as a peacock.