Midwestern Expressions: “If you’re happy and you know it—-tickle me pink”
I'm a nut on regional accents and regional idioms and turns of phrase. My peregrinations around the globe have sharpened my ear. When I first left the USA in the 1970s, I didn't know I talked funny. Coming home after long absence, I get a real kick out of the special way my father and friends around me serve up their ideas in earthy language that bears the mark of this bread-basket region.
Here are some expressions that show a person is happy:
"If it suits you, it tickles me to death."
"I’m tickled pink."
My hobo and (later) second-hand bookstore-owning Uncle Willard Thompson used to say, "It's like getting money from home without writing for it."
Of a really lucky fellow?
Our old neighbor Ed Maupin said, "He's the kind of man that if he fell into the river, he’d come up with a pocketful of fish."
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