Growing up in the deep south, I understood my grandparents when they used old sayings. Papa would say, “I’m gonna hope him do that tomorrow.” We all knew he meant he was going to help the person tomorrow. Granny would say, “I’ve got a pawn of cornbread in the oven.” We knew a small pan of cornbread was cooking.
We all use old sayings from our heritage and culture without giving any thought to the truths behind them or their origins. Yet, sometimes I hear something and I think to myself, “I wonder how that old saying got started….” Do you ever wonder this? Just for fun, let’s take a look into the hourglass of time and discover the true meanings of some of these familiar old sayings.