Iowa-isms: Scatological Phrases that are native to my home state.

  1. “That would make a good rudder in a duck’s ass.” Response when confronted with an odd object, usually something small, a part that came out of something that has no apparent purpose. I credit this to my grandfather. I’ve never heard it repeated anywhere else.Father & Sons ~ 1950s
  2. “You may as well wish in one hand and shit in the other.”  Hoping for something that isn’t going to happen.
  3. “He’s too dumb to pound shit down a rat hole.” Obviously pounding shit down a rat hole denotes great intelligence in the backwoods of Iowa.
  4. “He don’t know shit from shinola.” A classic that needs no explanation. Not necessarily indigenous to Iowa, but a favorite nonetheless.

  • From Wikipedia: A colloquialism which dates back to the early 1940s in the United States. Shinola was a once-popular brand of shoe polish, which had a color and texture not unlike feces.