Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Shakier than cafeteria Jell-o

Posted May 24, 2011
Updated May 25, 2011

WRAL co-anchor Kelcey Carlson and I were talking this morning about Southern sayings and Dan Rather's name came up. Remember all of those Texas expressions Dan would toss out during election coverage? A lot of people thought the former CBS anchorman overdid it but I must admit I liked many of his expressions. My dad loved Southern folklore and I think I picked up some of that love from him.

What is your favorite Southern expression? I will give a prize to the person with the best one. Feel free to write your own expression. Be creative! (By the way, we will announce the winner of the Scotty McCreery connection contest tomorrow.)

Here are some of the more colorful Dan Rather expressions I could find. Did I miss any?

"This race is shakier than cafeteria Jell-O."

"Turn the lights down, the party just got wilder."

"It's cardiac-arrest time in this presidential campaign."

"He swept through the South like a tornado through a trailer park."

"If a frog had side pockets, he'd carry a hand gun."

"This race is as tight as the rusted lug nuts on a '55 Ford."

The presidential race is still hotter than a Laredo parking lot."

"These returns are running like a squirrel in a cage."

"The big burrito out there in California"

"It would be Shakespearean for Al Gore to lose because of his home state."

"Frankly we don't know whether to wind the watch or to bark at the moon."

"We've lived by the crystal ball, we're eating so much broken glass. We're in critical condition."


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  • starbright Jun 1, 2011

    The older the bull,the stiffer the horns, I can'think of it right off the bat, Madder than a wet setting hen, Beat the living daylights out of you,Drunker than a p ant, Happy as a pig eating slop, Don't make the bet if you can't pay the debt.

  • lynneslaughter May 26, 2011


  • genegeneandnancy May 26, 2011

    Shootin' the breeze

  • lynneslaughter May 26, 2011

    "your face is going to freeze like that"

  • mcatfan May 25, 2011

    My cow died so I don't need your bull!

  • wdwbmw May 25, 2011

    On a shirt at Hallmark, "Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit."

  • piknowles4 May 25, 2011

    So ugly you could make a freight train take a dirt road.

  • UNCfuturealumi May 25, 2011

    NCSHP carries my driver's license more than I do. They keep catching me driving under the influence and I keep losing them, so they carry them back and forth to Raleigh..

  • blytle May 25, 2011

    Couldn't carry a note to the post office

  • renaissancemon May 25, 2011

    The headline misspells Jell-O.




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