Tag Archives: Appalachia

Does Bigfoot Live in Your Back Yard?

The people who were interviewed for this book have one thing in common. They all had an encounter with Bigfoot.  Even when they weren’t looking for him, and weren’t expecting anything at all, there were those who saw the creature clearly and have little doubt about what they saw.

I have not seen this elusive creature.  However, that in no way diminishes the possibility of its existence in my mind.  There are too many people around the world who have made the same reports.  To me, the most startling sightings are those which take place in someone’s back yard or very near their dwelling place.  In our region with so many living near the woods or wilderness areas, it probably should not be such a surprise when someone has an encounter.

I wonder how many people have seen Bigfoot on their own property?  How many have Bigfoot living in their back yard?


Fall Comes to the Mountains

dscf0876_editedLittle Shepherd Trail in Harlan County, KY

I wait each year for the burst of color that comes to the mountains of Appalachia.  Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and George are resplendent with natural beauty and colorful leaves.  This photo was taken in the past, but I will be updating this website with new fall photos this year.

Sayings : Calf – Choices (from the book Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say)


  • You’ll have to lick that calf over again.       (repeat something you’ve already done)
  • She’s as pretty as a spotted calf.
  • Stop bawling like a calf separated from its momma. (whining and complaining about something)


  • I’m calling the shots! (in control)
  • Why don’t you call a spade a spade? (be totally honest)
  • He’s calling the tune. (making important decisions)
  • She got called in on the carpet.       (reprimanded by a boss)
  • I think I’ll call it a day. (quit working for the day)

calm/calm down

  • I am as calm as the ocean on a sunny day.
  • She is as calm as a butterfly floating on the wind.
  • He’s as cool as a cucumber.
  • She was as calm as steady water.
  • She is always unfrazzled.
  • No matter what happens, she remains unruffled.
  • Breathe deep and count to ten.
  • You need to cool your jets.
  • Get hold of yourself!
  • Pull yourself together.
  • Take a chill pill.
  • Sit down beside yourself and be still. 


  • He’s burning both ends of the candle.       (working too hard)
  • Life is like a candle in the wind.       (quickly over)
  • She can’t hold a candle to her sister.       (can’t be compared to, inferior to)


  • I’ve never seen anything to cap it. (top it; beat it)
  • Cap off that jar of mayonnaise. (put the lid on)
  • Make sure you wear your cap. (hat)
  • Put your noggin on! (knitted hat for a boy)
  • She wears a fascinator. (knitted hat for a girl)
  • He’s a real cap buster! (likable person)
  • Cap off that glass of milk. (finish drinking it)


  • I was taking care of business.
  • He’s footloose and fancy free.
  • She acts like she has not a care in this world.
  • No worries.
  • She goes lightly off on her way and lets the rest of us handle reality.
  • He’s as free as a bird. (carefree) 


  • Can you carry me to town? (give me a ride)
  • Isn’t that too heavy for you to tote?
  • She carries herself well. (elegant walk)
  • Don’t carry that anger around with you.
  • Don’t sack your troubles in your pocket.
  • She carries a fine tune. (sings well)
  • He couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket!       (sings poorly)
  • He’s carrying that team on the back.       (star player)
  • She’s building castles in the air.
  • (setting unrealistic goals)
  • A man’s home is his castle. (his place where he’s the boss)
  • He’s the King of his castle. (boss of his family)
  • She’s looking for a handsome prince complete with his own castle. (fantasizing about her prospective husband – a wealthy one)


  • Scat Yeller! Tail’s in the gravy. (Can be said to an animal that is underfoot or to a person that needs to get out of the way.)
  • You’re the luckiest cat I’ve ever seen – used up nine lives and still going strong. (a fortunate person; may be said to one who is accident prone)
  • Who let the cat out of the bag? (told a secret)
  • Letting the cat out of the bag is a lot easier than trying to put it back in! (It’s difficult to keep a secret, once it’s been told.)
  • There’s more than one way to skin a cat. (more than one approach to getting things accomplished)
  • He’s a fat cat. (wealthy)
  • What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue? (won’t talk; shy)
  • There’s not enough room to sling a cat in this place. (tiny space)
  • You can’t sling a dead cat without hitting a church around here. (plenty of churches)
  • There he sat, grinning like a Cheshire cat! (smug; self-satisfied)
  • When the cat’s away, the mice will play.       (People behave differently with the lack of an authoritative figure.
  • Curiosity killed the cat. (Trying to find an answer to something might prove to be dangerous!)
  • All cats look black in the dark.


  • Measure once, cut twice.
  • Never buy a pig in a poke.
  • Anybody who buys a car checks under the hood first.
  • Go easy.


    • No two ways about it.
    • Sure enough.
    • There’s a sure fire way to get that job done.
    • You can depend on it.
    • You can bet your sweet bippy!
    • For sure and certain it will happen.
    • Without a doubt.
    • I’ll be there come hell or high water.                          


  • A chain is as strong as its weakest link.
  • How’s the old ball and chain? (refers to a spouse – usually the wife)


  • Take a chance on love.
  • Sometimes you just have to take a chance.
  • Let the chips fall where they may.
  • Let it fall where it falls.
  • You’ve got about one chance in a million!
  • By happenstance, have you seen my hat?       (perhaps)
  • I ran into him by happenstance.       (unexpectedly, unsought)


  • A leopard can’t change his spots.
  • He couldn’t change if he wanted to – and he doesn’t want to.
  • You’ll never change!
  • He hasn’t changed since the day he wasborn!
  • Don’t change horses in mid stream.
  • Change just for the sake of changes is not always a good thing.


  • She’s a jewel.
  • She’s a gem.
  • He is an upright and honorable man.
  • He’s been brought up right.
  • She is a well brought up young lady.
  • I put no stock in him.
  • He won’t amount to a hill of beans.
  • I wouldn’t trust him any further than I could pick him up and throw him!
  • He’s a pistol!
  • He’s a corker!
  • The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
  • Don’t do as I do! Do as I say!
  • He’s a sorry, good for nothing biscuit eater!
  • Speak of the devil!
  • He casts a long shadow.
  • He’s the kind of feller that would kick you while you’re down.
  • I wouldn’t touch her if she was dripping with diamonds.
  • She’s headed down the wrong road.
  • She’s keeping bad company.
  • He’s running with the wrong crowd.
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.
  • Sorry is as sorry does.
  • He’s an old sneaky snake.
  • He’s nothing but a sneaky old rat.
  • He’s a no good bum.
  • He’s a skunk.
  • The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.
  • I wouldn’t have him if he was hanging in gold.
  • You’ll be judged by the company you keep.


  • He could charm the buttons off a snake.
  • True charm is born – not learned in a school.
  • It’s easy to charm those who want to be.


  • I may not catch her, but I’ll enjoy the chase. (pursue romantically)
  • I chased him until he caught me. (enticed)
  • Cut to the chase. (give the real reason)
  • He’s like a dog chasing his tale.       (getting nowhere)
  • She took out after him. (pursued in order to catch up with)


  • Girls like that are a dime a dozen.
  • That was a cheap shot. (unnecessary cruelty)


  • He’s such a cheater, I’m not even sure this baby I’m carrying is his! (unfaithful husband)
  • I’m gonna have to turn my rooster into a hen if I want to keep him home.
  • I’ve been hoodwinked.
  • They sure took me to the cleaners.
  • They saw you coming.
  • I got the short end of that deal.
  • I got fried like potatoes.
  • I’ve been scalped.
  • I’ve been duped.


  • Turn the other cheek. (forgive; give someone another chance)
  • She’s awfully cheeky. (disrespectful)
  • Pull your pants up. Your cheeks are showing. (buttocks)
  • He said it with tongue in cheek.       (insincere)


  • You’re awfully cheery this morning! (in a good mood)
  • How can I cheer you up? (make you feel better)
  • She brings cheer where ever she goes.       (pleasant personality)
  • Hi ho, cheer-i-o, and a way we go!       (can be said before going anywhere)
  • Spread a little cheer where ever you go.
  • Sit down with me and let’s share a cup of cheer.


  • Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. (Don’t assume anything.)
  • You are a chicken heart. (coward)
  • That’s chicken feed! (low cost)
  • That old hen’s little dittlers will come home to roost one of these days. (if you are deceitful, your lies will catch up with you)
  • There’s a chicken graveyard sittin’ in my middle.       (fondness for eating chicken)
  • This chicken is finger lickin’ good.       (delicious)
  • Lies, like chickens, come home to roost.       (Lies catch up with the liar.)
  • You big chicken liver! (coward)


  • My rug rats are on the war path again!
  • I’ve known you since you were a tadpole.
  • The little cookie crumblers are in the kitchen.
  • His offshoots look just like him.
  • Her offspring are all intelligent.
  • You little knot heads need to get in your seats!
  • All of your little sprouts look like their parents.
  • Can you get your young un to stop crying.
  • Those acorns didn’t fall far from the tree.
  • Well, chillum, it’s time for bed.
  • Where are your munchkins going to school?
  • You little devil!
  • You little skunk!
  • When they’re young they tread on your toes; but they’ll tread on your heart when they grow old.
  • God protects the children, the innocent, and fools.
  • Children and fools tell the truth.
  • Hello there, whistle britches! (said to a younger child)
  • Every mother’s child is beautiful to her.
  • He’s a little tow headed thing.       (blonde-white hair)
  • Children can see what they cannot put into words.
  • Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of children.
  • Children are a blessing from the Lord, but sometimes I wish I hadn’t been so blessed!
  • I hope when you grow up and get married, your children treat you just like you have treated me. (said by a parent to an unruly child)
  • I hope when you grow up and have children, they act just like you do and you get a dose of your own medicine.       (said by a parent to an unruly child)
  • You little booger!
  • You little heathern!
  • You little monkey!
  • Don’t cry honey child… (term of endearment; also said as “honey chile”)
  • You little yerker! (spoken to a misbehaving child)


  • It’s up to you. (You decide.)
  • I chased a squirrel down the wrong path. (made a bad choice)
  • That’s a real Hobson’s choice. (if you want something, make it happen) or (there is no other alternative)

Sayings: Big – Busy (from the book Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say)


  • The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
  • What’s the big deal?
  • He thinks he’s the big cheese.
  • Big Brother is watching you.
  • He’s got the big head.
  • His head is so big he can hardly get through the door!
  • He thinks he’s big. (important)
  • You’re a little fish in a big pond.       (insignificant)
  • I have bigger fish to fry. (more important matters to attend to)
  • Dream big.
  • You can’t ever dream too big.
  • She’s the big giant head. (bossy)
  • The big moment has arrived.
  • This is the big day.


  • The early bird catches the worm.
  • You are bird brained.
  • A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
  • Everyone keeps staring at me like I have a big black bird on my head!
  • That’s killing two birds with one stone.       (accomplishing two things with one effort)


  • Lee County, Virginia is my borning ground .
  • The place of my birth is Blounte County, Tennessee.
  • My borning place was at the head of the holler.
  • I’ll always find my way back home.
  • Our old home place has fallen down.
  • Corbin, Kentucky is my hometown.
  • Where did the stork drop you off?


  • I believe I’ll try a bite. (sample of food)
  • I need to fix me a bite to eat before I do ary other thing. (snack)
  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. (Be kind to those who are kind to you.)
  • His bark is worse than his bite. (sounds mean but isn’t)
  • I believe I’ll take a bite out of that.       (attempt something)
  • Lies will come back to bite you in the butt.
  • I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.       (attempted something that is too complicated to complete)
  • He’s been bitten by the love bug.       (falling in love)


  • His mood was blacker than death.
  • You have a black mark against you. (ill will from someone)
  • It was a black out. (power outage; block on information)
  • He’s a black guard. (evil)
  • He’s not as black as he’s been painted. (not so bad)
  • It’s black as Satan’s heart out there.
  • The house was blacker than a moonless night.
  • It was blacker than burnt toast.
  • It vanished into the black hole of Calcutta.
  • Your clothes are as black as soot.
  • Your socks are as black as tar.
  • Her hair was blacker than a burnt shadow.
  • That’s blacker than a burnt homemade biscuit.
  • His stomach was a black hole. (big eater)
  • His head was a black hole. (empty
  • I’ll beat you black and blue.
  • All cats are black in the dark. (commonality)
  • His hair was as black as a raven’s wing.
  • It’s a black day. (a tragedy)


  • He’s holding that little bit of information over my head.
  • She’s holding that little bit of information for a rainy day.
  • You can’t use truth that’s told openly to blackmail anybody.
  • You can’t use common knowledge for blackmail.
  • Blackmail has a way of having the tables turned.


  • Dad blast it! (frustration)
  • You couldn’t blast me out of here with a keg of dynamite. (determined to stay in a designated place)
  • He is a blast from the past. (a good memory)
  • We’ll have a blast! (good time)
  • He got blasted. (drunk)
  • He was blasted to smithereens!       (utterly destroyed)
  • I’ll blast you into next week! (an angry threat)


  • With great blessing comes great responsibility.
  • Count your blessings. (gratitude)
  • He’s my little blessing. (my child)
  • May the sunshine always be at your back.
  • May the road rise up to meet you.
  • Bless his little heart! (this phrase can be added to the beginning or to the end of any comment and get away with it. “Bless his little heart; his mother never taught him how to act.”       “She’s as ugly as a mud fence, bless her little heart.” It turns a negative comment into an acceptable one.) “I’d like to bust his bottom, bless his little heart.”
  • Bless your little pea picking heart!
  • Bless your pointy little head!
  • Well, bless my time!
  • That boy is such a blessing to his mother.       (helpful)
  • She will bless you out over that.       (quarrel at you)
  • I just got blessed out. (told off)
  • Well, bless my soul! (said on hearing good news)
  • Walk in the light.
  • Peace be with you.


  • You are as blind as a bat! (can’t see the obvious)
  • Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. (continued trying pays off)
  • When I talk to you, you act as if you are deaf, dumb, and blind! (being ignored)
  • I’ve been blind- sided. (taken by surprise)
  • He couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn


  • It’s in your blood. (something a person feels passionately about)
  • Blood is thicker than water. (family comes first)
  • There is bad blood between them. (feud or disagreement)
  • We’ve always had good blood between us.       (friendly)
  • He’s a blue blood. (royal; wealthy)
  • He’ll want you to sign in blood. (a contract or covenant that can never be broken)


  • Her eyes were as blue as the sky.
  • I’m lonesome, blue. (sad)
  • I’ve got the blues. (melancholy)
  • You’re as blue as huckleberry pie. (poor circulation)
  • He’s as blue as a swimming hole. (hypothermia)
  • Her lips are blue. (cold; bad circulation)
  • You can talk to that boy until you are blue in the face and it won’t do a bit of good. (you talk, he doesn’t listen)
  • They’re kickin’ the blue blazes out of the other team. (easily defeating)
  • The idea came to me out of the clear blue.       (unexpectedly)


  • He’s all bark and no bite.
  • His bark is worse than his bite.
  • He always has his poker face on.
  • He roars a lot, but he’s harmless.
  • She’s a squawker.
  • He’s just quacking.
  • He’s a big talker.
  • He’s nothing but a big bag of wind.
  • He’s nothing but a blow hard.
  • You’re full of beans!
  • You’re full of baloney!


  • She just blurts out any old thing without thinking it through.
  • It seems like the wrong thing just spills out of my mouth.
  • He’s got the can’t help its.
  • She has hoof and mouth disease.
  • I stuck my foot in my mouth.
  • She stuck her foot in her mouth so far she just about bit her leg off.
  • Take that foot out of your mouth so you can stick the other one in.
  • She opens her mouth and whatever falls out, falls out.                                               


  • He’s all blow and no show.
  • He’s always tooting his own horn.
  • Somebody else might brag on you if you’d give them a chance!
  • He boasts a big house. (owns an admirable property)


  • My bidey is tired.
  • My bidey hurts all over more than anywhere else.
  • Everybidey is welcome.
  • Somebidey is at the door.
  • Nobody loves me.
  • You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you.
  • I wish I had a body like that.
  • Now there’s a body to write home about.
  • His body is pure art work, chiseled by the hand of God.
  • That girl’s body is a work of art.
  • The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
  • We are many members, but one body.
  • Offer up your bodies as a living sacrifice.


  • She had the brass on her face to say it.
  • He’s got a lot of brass.
  • He decided to take the bull by the horns.
  • How dare you raise your voice to me!
  • He has brass knockers.
  • He had family jewels like a washtub.
  • She was full of sass and vinegar.
  • You’ve got a nerve to come here asking for anything!


  • I have a bone of contention to pick with you. (disagreement)
  • I need to bone up on Algebra. (study, review)
  • He’s rotten to the bone. (poor character OR likably mischievous)
  • I don’t need you to throw me a bone.       (do me a favor)
  • You are bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. (very close relationship)
  • I’ll make no bones about it. (say what I think and don’t care if it offends anyone else)
  • My car was bone dry. (completely out of fuel)
  • My check book is bone dry. (out of funds)


  • He’s twiddling his thumbs.
  • I’m so bored; I could fall off a log!
  • She was so bored; she started finding people in the ceiling.
  • He was as bored as a cat on the sidewalk watching cars.
  • He was so bored, he started blowing spit bubbles.
  • That show was kind of hokey.
  • He only has one tone – monotone!
  • That preacher could put a saint to sleep.
  • I’m so bored I could dry up and die.
  • I’m bored out of my mind.
  • I’m bored to distraction.
  • I’m bored as a gourd.
  • His speech was a real snoozer!
  • She is duller than dishwater.


  • He owns a big boundary of land. (Large acreage.)
  • The law has put a boundary on him. (Bounty)
  • Know your boundaries. (your rightful place)


  • There’s a bounty on his head. (A monetary reward offered by the law for the capture of a criminal.)



  • Don’t get your bowels in an uproar! (Don’t get so upset!)
  • Don’t get your bowels in a bind. (Don’t get so upset.)
  • His bowels are blocked. (constipated)
  • I’d go to the bowels of the earth for you! (do the impossible to please you)
  • I’ve been to the bowels of Hades and back. (been through a very traumatic experience)


  • Hey, boy! You’d better do as I say. (an unknown child or someone subservient to the speaker)
  • Boy, oh boy! I sure am thirsty. (used for emphasis)
  • He’s more man than boy. (a teenager)
  • That will separate the men form the boys!       (said about a difficult task that must be done)
  • Boys will be boys. (bad behavior is expected from boys)


  • He got braces. Now he’s a brace face.
  • I feel like a metal mouth with these braces on.
  • You look like you have railroad mouth.
  • I like the new grill!


  • He sure likes to toot his own horn.
  • She tried to steal his thunder.
  • Let’s make sure it works before we brag on ourselves.
  • Who’s got bragging rights? (credit for a successful endeavor)

brain (See also dumb)

  • Her brother is so stupid, his brain moved out a long time ago.
  • If you had a brain, you’d be dangerous.
  • Don’t sit down too hard. You might mash your brain.
  • If your brains were gasoline, you wouldn’t have enough to drive an ant half way around a b.b. on a motorcycle.
  • If your brains were dynamite, you wouldn’t have enough to blow your nose.
  • If your brains were sitting next to a pea, it would be like sitting the moon next to the sun.
  • If your brains were ink, you wouldn’t have enough to dot an i.
  • If you wanted to sell your brain for a transplant, you could probably get a million dollars for it, since it has never been used.
  • If your brain was bug spray, you wouldn’t have enough to kill a gnat.
  • The biggest job your brain does is keeping your ears apart.
  • If your brain were made of rocket fuel, you’d never get off the ground.
  • When the Lord was handing out brains, you forgot to get in line.
  • When the Lord was handing out brains, she thought someone said rain and put up her umbrella.
  • If your brain was made of heat, you wouldn’t have enough to keep a snake warm at high noon in the Sahara desert.
  • If your brain was made of stone, it would be just another gain of sand on the beach.
  • This road is so curvy, if you’re riding in the back seat, it could pert near sling your brains out.


  • He has a stout heart. (courageous)
  • Call him Brave Heart. (courageous)
  • I can brave whatever storm comes with the Lord’s help. (survive; overcome)


  • Who’s going to break the ice? (speak first)
  • Break a leg. (good luck wish before a performance)
  • She is breaking. (showing her age)
  • Give me a break! (opportunity; stop demanding so much of me)
  • This trip is going to break the bank.       (cost a lot)
  • Break it down. (simplify; dance)
  • She’s having a breakdown. (mental illness)
  • They’ve had a breakdown in communication.       (misunderstanding)
  • The project had a breakdown. (fell apart; failed)
  • You might as well break down and enjoy yourself! (stop being so formal or stand-offish)


  • They’ve split up.
  • He split.
  • She shook him loose.


  • Whose briar patch have you been in?       (trouble)
  • Don’t get all briared up! (worked up; angry; out of sorts.
  • He’s a briar. (hick; of rural origin)


  • She’s dumber than a brick.
  • She’s a brick house. (voluptuous)
  • I’ve been hitting the bricks. (looking for a job)
  • Hit the bricks! (get out!)
  • He got hit with a ton of bricks! (huge surprise) 


  • I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. (don’t worry until necessary.
  • This is a bridge to nowhere. (lost)
  • Don’t burn your bridges. (don’t permanently break relationships)
  • I’m burning all of my bridges behind me.       (starting over, won’t try to go back to the past)
  • We need to bridge the gap. (make amends)
  • We need to bridge the learning gap.       (discrepancy between performance and expectation)

bright (also see smart)

  • The room was as bright as the morning sun.
  • It was as bright as a brand new light bulb.
  • The day was as bright as the morning star.
  • This is a bright child. (intelligent)
  • She’s as bright as a button. (stands out from the rest)
  • You’re about as bright as a burnt out light bulb.
  • The sun was so bright, it hurt my eyes.
  • Her smile was so bright, it filled the room.       (radiant)


  • If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it!       (don’t meddle with what already works well)
  • I’m so broke; I don’t have any coins to jingle in my pocket.
  • We are broker than convicts.
  • I’m so broke next payday is already gone.
  • I’m clean busted.
  • I’m flat busted.
  • You may be broke, but you’ll never be flat busted.
  • He’s broke out all over. (rash; measles)
  • He broke out of jail. (escaped)


  • He’s brown as a biscuit. (very tanned)
  • She’s a brown nose. (flatters someone or does things for them in order to gain approval or favors)
  • How now brown cow. (said to imitate someone with a northern accent and poke fun at it) 


  • I’m lathering up my hair.
  • This water is so hard it won’t make a lather.
  • Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. (be careful about a decision you must soon make)
  • He’s always blowing bubbles. (playing instead of working)


  • The trees are putting out.
  • She’s a budding singer. (just starting)


  • He’s henpecked. (dominated by his wife)
  • She’s punkin’ me out. (picking on me)
  • He tush hogged his way over everybody. (recklessly dominates)
  • Sometimes you have to just hunker down and take it. (don’t resist authority – even excessive authority)
  • He goes around like a whipped pup. (may refer to an abused person – child or adult)
  • He is cow towed. (dominated by a female)
  • She doesn’t open her mouth without his permission to speak. (dominated by a male)
  • She doesn’t dare have a thought without his permission. (may refer to someone too eager to please OR to someone who is fearful of disagreeing)
  • He’ll be riding you like a blue pack mule.


  • She sure burned him. (Broke his heart)
  • He got burned. (Cheated in a bad deal)
  • When he took that test, he burnt it up. (Did well)
  • Lord, you’re burnt up! (sunburned)
  • What he said burnt her up! (made her angry)
  • I’m as red as a lobster! (sunburned)


  • Jump on the bus, Gus! (Let’s go!)
  • He just got off the bus. (new in town)
  • Do you have to get hit with a bus?       (something obvious) 


  • Locks are his stock and trade. (what he does for a living)
  • Mind your own business. (Don’t be nosey in other people’s affairs.)
  • What business is it of yours? (Why do you want to know?)
  • Keep your nose in your own business.       (Take care of your own affairs and stay out of the affairs of others.)


    • She’s busy a bee. (works all the time)
    • We’re as busy as a swarm of bees! (very busy)
    • Her hands are busy all the time.       (always working at something)
    • I have too many irons in the fire.       (too busy)
    • He has too many pokers in the fire.       (trying to be involved in too many things)
    • He’s busy as a beaver. (works hard)
    • That pattern is too busy. (too complex; too bright; too many colors)