The Roth Colloquialism Collection

by Bill Roth

Introduction

This page is a collection of colloquialisms that I have collected across the years. Most of them come from my family. In general, if a quote or saying appears without attribution you can assume that it comes within the Roth family.

Note: some of these are mildly scatological, so if you are offended by kind of thing, then you'd better not read any further.

My taxonomy of these sayings is in flux, if you have any suggestions for a better organization, please drop me a line at wgr@billroth.net.

Contributions

I will gladly accept contributions to this page. I would ask that you mail them to me, and provide an attribution, and country of origin if not the US. The submission criteria are: the material sent should be original. That is, nothing from Bartlett's Book of Quotations, nothing from anyone famous, unless it is obscure. Material of an overt sexual nature will be rejected. I reserve the right to capriciously reject any submission. It's my page, after all.

Finally, a note on pronouns. By default, I will use the masculine pronoun as the default, not out of sexism, but out of parsimony, and due to the fact that english has no suitable neuter pronoun.

Intelligence

He's dumber than a fence post.

He doesn't have the sense God gave a cinder block.

This one comes under various guises. I have heard it used with a brick and a turnip as the object.

He's so dumb he couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

He's doesn't know "come here" from "sick 'em".

-- Bill Clinton .

-- David Foster Wallace, in Infinite Jest

-- Harry S Truman

Beauty

He's uglier than a mud fence.

She's cuter than a bug's ear.

You're so tired, your eyes look like two pissholes in the snow.

Productivity

He's slower than molasses in January.

Don't celebrate the hammer because the house got built.

-- Bill Roth 9/25/97

"Excited Utterances"

Jesus Christ on a crutch!

Oh, for crying in a bucket!

Emotional/Mental States

He's happier than a pig in shit.

He's wierder than a $3 bill.

Finer than a frog's hair!

This is used in response to, "How are you?"

He's madder than a wet hen.

Weather

Miscellaneous

It takes a hell of a big dog to weigh a ton.

-- Ted Skemp

-- William G. Roth, Sr., usually in reference to "Do you have a minute?"

-- E.F. Roth

-- William G. Roth, Sr.

Italian version of Ibid.

Politics

He's one bubble left of center

-- from Rosalie Busch-Roth

He's to the right of Atilla the Hun

Credibility

Value

-- John Nance Gardner.