Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Shakier than cafeteria Jell-o

Posted May 24, 2011 9:04 a.m. EDT
Updated May 25, 2011 12:39 p.m. EDT

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."