What the Hell Does that Mean?

I made a comment today and the person I was talking to promptly asked, “What the hell does that mean?”

“Crazy as hell,” I stated; but truthfully I really had no idea.

I used to think it was something my sister made up when she referred to me. She would always (not exaggerating) call me ‘crazy as a road lizard’. Perhaps it came from when I chased her around the pool table with her dead goldfish, and she ran and screamed like a little girl. I laughed so hard till I cried and my stomach ached and I peed myself. Oh yeah of the two of us I’m the bratty baby of the family.

So, I got to thinking, “What the hell does ‘crazy as a road lizard’ mean?”  No one has ever asked me that before and in my family we just know, I think.

I invoked the Internet god, Google, for the answer. Well, from what I could gather it refers to a lizard on the side of a road and if they try to cross the road they’re crazy. Hmm, I think you’re giving them way to much credit. Unless, of course, you’re referring to the Geico Gecko.

While I was at it I searched for some other sayings that have had the pleasure of being passed down or I’ve heard:

  • Idle hands are the devil’s workshop — is supposedly some kind of Proverb which means an idle person will do evil things.
  • Don’t let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya — basically means don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
  • Dumb as a box of rocks — well, a box of rocks is inanimate and has no intelligence and you’re being put on the same intelligence level as a box of rocks.
  • Tighter than Dick’s hatband — apparently this idiom is supposed to reference someone who is miserly, but that’s not how my uses it. I’ll let you figure that one out.
  • Batshit Crazy — is undoubtedly my personal favorite. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), since 1971 it:  means “crazy, mad, insane.” The OED notes that batshit may also function “as an intensifier, esp. in batshit crazy” The OED ’s first citation dates from 1993

Do you have any phrases that you grew up on and still say or heard, please share them in the comments section. Definitely share the WTF one’s .

12 thoughts on “What the Hell Does that Mean?

  1. Yanno, I think Crazy as a road lizard could indicate that they are racing all over the place cause their little feet are frying on the hot bitumen?
    Maybe?
    LOL
    wonderful blog with some lovely memories recounted for our grinning pleasure.. lol
    Thanks for sharing!
    ML
    x

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  2. My mom used to say the one about the door hitting you where the Lord split you. We would giggle because we knew it meant getting hit in the bum! And kids do like a good bum saying! Another she said was “Jumpier than a cat in a room full of rocking chairs”

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  3. “Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle”-shocked/surprised
    “I haven’t seen you since Hannah was a cat”-its been a mighty long time since the last time I saw you

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    • I’ve never heard, “I haven’t sen you since Hannah was a cat”. What about “I haven’t seen you since you were knee high to a grasshopper”. Now that’s one that has always left me perplexed.

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