Bat Hides and Frog Stranglers

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Bat Hides and Frog Stranglers

Postby Slava » Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:21 am

From The Atlantic, a piece on an attempt to resurrect or save some regional slang terms: Bat Hides. What do you folks think? Have any of you ever heard any of them?
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Re: Bat Hides and Frog Stranglers

Postby bnjtokyo » Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:35 am

"cuddy" seems to be alive and well in the nautical sense. I have always understood it to refer to a small enclosure on a boat and that meaning is re-enforced by various dictionaries.

After that, "barn burner" and "farmer's match" are synonyms although I have never heard either term used.

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Re: Bat Hides and Frog Stranglers

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:17 am

Heard barn burner applied to high scoring athletic contests.
Cup towel for dish towel.
Frog stranglef is alive and well here.
And so is tow sack.

About 30 years ago I was introduced to the phrase "go around by Laura's house." The meaning is to unnecessarily take the long way around, but often applied to a long winded story teller.

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