Discussion Forum (Archived)

Please consider registering
guest

Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

The forums are currently locked and only available for read-only access. No new posts or comments can be created.
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
"Whistling Dixie" Origin
2013/04/10
10:00am
Avatar
Grant Barrett
San Diego, California
Admin
Forum Posts: 1532
Member Since:
2007/08/02
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

You ain’t just whistling Dixie, and that’s the truth! Whistling Dixie, which refers to a studied carelessness, comes from the song that originated in minstrel shows and from which the South takes its nickname. But if you say someone ain’t just whistling Dixie, it means they’re not kidding around. This is part of a complete episode.

2013/04/15
12:06pm
Allison924
New Member
Members
Forum Posts: 1
Member Since:
2013/04/13
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Grant mentions how a woman whistling Dixie might somehow not be a good thing (according to people back in the day). I grew up in Texas and heard the phrase “Whistlin’ women and crowin’ hens, will never come to no good end.” Of course my mom (the only one I heard this from) has a penchant for these great old sayings and only used it jokingly, never with actual disapproval!

2013/04/15
2:31pm
Avatar
EmmettRedd
Admin
Forum Posts: 859
Member Since:
2007/08/23
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

My SW Missouri grandmother had a slightly different version, “Whistling girls and crowing hens, often come to some bad end.”

Emmett