I'm fond of all of my coworkers, but one in particular puts a wide smile on my face. He is so pleasant and funny, and he is real. He often uses this phrase: "Oh, my soul." With his deep southern accent though, it sounds more like, "Ole, mah sole!" I love it. I can't recall having ever heard this phrase used before I met him.
As sparkly as "Oh my soul" is, and as giggly as it makes me, it was outdone by this gem (used by another coworker last week when describing an annoying relative): "She looks like death sucking a sponge." I had to cover my mouth to keep from spitting my water on her, and even then, some of that water leaked through my fingers.
Hold your horses - Who hasn't heard or used that old dull phrase, right? Well, I worked with a guy from Russia who used to say to me, "Calm down your horses" when I would get all panicky about project deadlines. I like his translation better, and it's so much funnier hearing it with a Russian accent.
Lawd love a duck! - A guy in my 5th grade class was a frequent user of this phrase (he actually said Lawd instead of Lord). Yes, 5th grade. He was an old man before his time.
My dad liked to use this one when one of us was blocking the television: "You make a better door than a window." My dad was also a fan of, "You're about as useful as a screen door on a submarine." OK, this is fun. One more. Dad also spouted this one out from time to time: "She's deader than a doornail." I never understood this saying either. First, what is a door nail? Second...do you think my dad had some strange obsession with doors?