What is complete saying for: "Hay is for horses..."

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What is complete saying for: "Hay is for horses..."

Post by Archived Topic » Fri May 14, 2004 3:22 am

Friends and I have been disucssing what the complete saying for Hay is for horses is. And if anyone knows origin/meanings of these phrases, that would be cool, too.

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Post by Archived Reply » Fri May 14, 2004 3:37 am

Jonathan Swift, in _Collection of Polite and Ingenious Conversation_ (1740), notes that "vulgar persons" who use "hay" (= hey, eh) will be told by their superiors that "hay is for horses":
Neverout: Hay, Madam, did you call me?
Miss: Hay! Why; Hay is for Horses.
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Hay is for horses,
Straw is for cows,
Milk is for babies
That cry out loud.
East Orange, New Jersey
(Iona & Peter Opie, _The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren_, 1959)
Dec 7, 01

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Post by Archived Reply » Fri May 14, 2004 3:51 am

Hay is for horses, aren't you glad you're a cow?
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri May 14, 2004 4:05 am

I always said, "Hay is for horses and cows like my sister!"
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri May 14, 2004 4:20 am

and martinis aaren't
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri May 14, 2004 4:34 am

Another source gives:
"Hay is for horses, straw is for cows,
milk is for little pigs, swill for the sows."
That sounds to me more like Jonathan Swift than
"... Milk is for babies that cry out loud."
but I shall have to get me a copy of Swift
and see for myself.
But I'll have to
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri May 14, 2004 4:49 am

hay is for horses
straw is for cows
grass is cheaper
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri May 14, 2004 5:03 am

hay is for horses
grass is for cows
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liquor is cheaper
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri May 14, 2004 5:17 am

It is....

Hay is for horses
Straw is for cows,
Milk is for babies
To shut up their mouths!
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Post by Lragan7 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:32 am

Hay is for horses, straw's cheaper, and grass free
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