The thread about language skills made me think of modern & old-time regional quirks.
My Granny would say things like,
"Be smart & be pretty."
sounds odd today, but I understood her.
She & some of her contemporaries also said things like,
"well, I swan", which I stll don't understand.
A guy from England told me that I was being "very English" when I talked about my Granny;
he said most Americans use "Grandma" or some such, while the English say "Granny" for the paternal grandmother & "Nana" or "Nan" for the maternal grandmother.
I once met a guy at a party who said things like
"I taken & moved the wagon to the other side of the barn" &
"I taken & put up the groceries".
I had heard "I taken &..." before, but not since my childhood, when the old people in the Scottish branch of the family used that phrase.
I asked the guy if he had any Scottish ancestors in his family tree, & he looked startled & avoided me for the rest of the evening.
turned out his name was McAllister & he was hiding from an ex-wife.
My brother laughed about asking his Pennsylvania-born girlfriend for some peanut butter & being flabbergasted when she told him, "It's all."
Here, we would have said, "It's all gone" if the jar was empty.
anybody else remember phrases like these?