A saying for every occasion


Here’s two facts about me that you’ll need to know when you read my stories. First, my parents are from the West Indies. Second, I was raised in the South.

Well, there you go. Have a nice day.

Oh wait…you don’t get it? That could only mean one thing–you don’t have to deal with that influential double-whammy. Face it folks, I can spout a saying to suit Every. Single. Occasion. Even when I don’t mean to add them, they have a way of sneaking in, sometimes indirectly. Look at what happened when I wrote Hunger Aroused:

Rode hard and put up wet.

Every part of her body was hot, just short of combustible. This sensation wound through her, tightening her insides. This burning, twisting ache. Removing her clothing and dropping onto the comfort of her bed helped with some of the sweet pain, but still it wasn’t enough. Jasmine needed more, something undefined, some relief she didn’t know how to name. It was sexual and ravenous, a gnawing hunger…

When he touched her, when he picked her up in his arms, the hunger intensified. The agony burned so brightly, she might explode from the potency of it. Every place their skin connected pulsed with life. Waves of craving and needing rippled out until trapped beneath her skin, they had no place to go. There they pulled at her insides and rolled like a series of detonations. Him—his touch—she needed it like air.

That dog won’t hunt. (Thanks Dr. Phil for making this one a part of pop culture)

“You know of vampires?” he asked finally.

“Vampires? You mean…like garlic-hating, cross-avoiding, destroyed-by-sunlight vampires?”

“Truth.” The corner of his mouth lifted. “Vampires, as in Bram Stoker and the like.”

“Are you trying to tell me,” her eyes narrowed, “that someone bit me and I’m becoming a vampire?”

“In a manner of speaking, yes.”

“I see.”

Corin could almost hear the wheels of her mind spinning. Definitely anticipated the way her body tensed. In her position, he expected nothing less. When she vaulted from the bed, he was already two steps ahead of her.

Every mikkle mek a mukkle*.

“I suppose you’re going to tell me you’re a hundred years old and sleep in a casket at night.”

He snorted. “Hardly, but I am a vampire. Get your mind wrapped around that.” When she continued to stare at him, his jaw tightened. “You don’t believe me, do you?”

“You think?” she replied, her voice heavy with sarcasm.

“What would it take to convince you?” His smile broadened.

“More than…” Despite being only a foot away from him, she took a step closer. Her height gave the perfect vantage point for seeing exactly what he wanted her to see.

No one had incisors like that. No one.

*Loose translation: every little bit counts.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who was brought up slinging all sorts of sayings around. Comment here with one or two sayings your folks or grandfolks raised you with, and I’ll pick a random commenter to win an ebook copy of Hunger Aroused. Winner will be drawn by 11pm EST on 11/8/10 and posted in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by, y’all.

Dee Carney writes erotic romance and erotica, every bit of it influenced by sayings you’ve probably never heard of. Visit her on the web at www.deecarney.com for more.

15 thoughts on “A saying for every occasion”

  1. Elyse Mady says:

    Hi Dee – although I think you might take the cake for interesting idiom combinations LOL, I too grew up with the indecipherable phrase thing. My first boyfriend was a “tall drink of water” (ie he was really tall) and every so often we’d eat “catch as catch can” (ie leftovers) among others.

    It’s like a whole other language, isn’t it? :)


  2. Carol says:

    One of the sayings I remember from growing up in southwest Oklahoma is “rot my socks off.” It translates to “Wow!” or “Really!?” only with a touch of sarcasm, but not much. I’ve learned not to say it outside of my family because people look at me like I’m nuts when I say it. (I now live in Tennessee.)

  3. When I was growing up the adults always used to say “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.” Took me awhile to figure out what it meant!

  4. Joyce Zahariades says:

    “Suffer for the souls in Purgatory” My Mom use to say this to me all the time. What she really meant was “stop whining”.
    Thanks for the little excerpts…made me want to read this book even more!

  5. Dee Carney says:

    Oops!! I wasn’t paying attention and the date for the drawing is incorrect. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow night, NOVEMBER 12th by 11pm EST.

    Thanks everyone for commenting. They’re great so far!!

  6. Ilona says:

    When undecided my Dad used to say “six of one, two threes of another”

    My favourite is the warning that you get nothing for nothing “No such thing as a free lunch!”

  7. Kathy Ivan says:

    Having grown up in the South, all conversation is laced with these kind of expressions. It’s really hard not to incorporate them when you’re writing. Especially things like “Bless her heart”, which isn’t nearly as nice as it sounds. :-) Congratulations on the release, it sounds like a great book.

  8. Bonnie Dee says:

    Dee, I have one I guarantee no one here has ever heard of before. I don’t know if it’s because my mom’s from Montana or if this is some old song she quoted but here you go…”Put your shoes on, Lucy, dontcha know you’re in the city?”

  9. Dee Carney says:

    These are seriously cracking me up. Keep ’em coming!

  10. erastes says:

    @ Bonnie – no , I know that song, I can even sing it. My mother taught it to me. I think it was a music hall song.

    My favourite expression was one of (sort of) optimism that I heard in Ireland – and means “things aren’t as bleak as you think”

    It could be worse, the donkey could be dead and the turf still on the bog.

  11. Penn-eHarlequin says:

    When I moved to Texas 16 years ago, the man I worked for used expressions all the time. Some of them I’d heard but even the ones I hadn’t were so descriptive that if you put a picture in your head of what he was saying, you knew what he meant.

    * He’s a waste of human skin.
    * Skittish as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
    * Getting them to work together is like herding cats (this before the famous herding cats commercial)
    * That dog don’t hunt / That dog won’t hunt
    * Like white on rice
    * Keep sawing logs (don’t give up/keep working)

    The “bless her heart” thing above – man, I wish I could pull that off like a Southerner. It’s so useful when someone’s being witchy to you.

    As a matter of fact, my dh has a song he loves to listen to for its expressions. I think it’s a Stevie Ray Vaughn (sp?) song. I’ll have to ask him about it, b/c I would expect it’s at iTunes and y’all could buy a copy. ;)


  12. Penn_eHarlequin says:

    LOL, I asked dh about it and he tells me that yes, it’s Stevie Ray Vaughan’s CLOSE TO YOU and then in the same sentence says it’s actually a Willie Dickson song. (And do NOT confuse this with the Carpenters’s Close to You).

    So from that song we can add the expression
    *water is to wet


  13. Kathy Ivan says:

    Another Texas one I hear a lot is fixin’. As in, I’m fixin’ to go to the store.
    Or if someone is short, they’re knee high to a grasshopper. There are a million of these sayings down here in the South. :-)

  14. jennifer mathis says:

    my granny always used saying like ” in a coons age”
    I’m not sure how long that was suppose to be as I was never sure how long a raccoon lived lol
    and don’t jump in the boat til ur sure it ain’t got holes

  15. Dee Carney says:

    Using a random number generator, the winner is Joyce! Congrats!! Please email me at deeATdeecarneyDOTcom with your preferred format for reading Hunger Aroused and I’ll send a copy.

    Thank you everyone for commenting! More creative sayings for the next book! ;)

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