Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 05

Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered.

This is a tricky one.  Hmmm...

I don't know how useful this advice is but my Pops likes to say,

"Don't smoke any wooden nickels."

Truth be told I am not sure exactly what that means.  He always says it in the same tone as, "stay out of trouble."

And now I turn to the internet.  The closest meaning I can find is for the slightly different phrase, "don't take any wooden nickels."

Here's what I found from Suzanne Grubb, digital librarian on Quora: 
This is used as a silly "warning" or bit of folk advice -- particularly meant for country folks heading into the big, bad city. When you use this phrase, you're generally telling a person, "be careful and don't get scammed."

Around the turn of the century, when this phrase first came about, it was common enough for people to try to pass off wooden fakes of common objects. For example, peddlers as early as 1825 sold wooden nutmegs (which cost 1/4 a cent each to make) mixed in with real nutmegs (worth about 4 cents each). So it's understandable that the word "wooden" was generally linked with "counterfeit"/getting cheated. 
Well there's some sound advice for ya and we all learned something.  Have you ever heard this phrase?
Have a great day and for heaven's sake, don't smoke any wooden nickels!


  1. I've never heard that phrase, really interesting though!

  2. be good and have fun. in that order...

  3. Okay, that is really cool! Teaches me not to write off something crazy someone says ; ) May actually mean more than I think it does!

  4. Haha!! I've never heard this phrase before...and I've heard some crazy ones :)

  5. I've never heard this phrase before, it's a new one on me! :-)

  6. Hahaha That is quite the advice. I get the googled phrase, but how did your granddad get the smoking bit?!


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