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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Yes, "cotton picking mind" is a saying I have heard all my life.

    Usually said like "are you crazy?".

    Out here in middle America, it may not be a common saying anymore, but not unusual and not racial.

    Maybe it's an agricultural thing.

    Much of the country, mostly the south still grows cotton.
    Where do you think it came from? Do the research before writing stupid shit.

    https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/cotton-picking.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by steezer View Post
    Where do you think it came from? Do the research before writing stupid shit.

    https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/cotton-picking.html
    This is the way in which I have used the phrase, and I bet I picked it up from watching Bugs Bunny cartoons when I was a boy!

    Where memory doesn't play tricks is when recalling the works of the sainted Bugs Bunny. While not originating the term, Bugs can claim to have done more to fix it into the language than the rest of rabbitkind, especially in its most often used form 'Wait just a cotton-picking minute'. There's an example in Bully for Bugs, 1953:

    "Just a cotton-pickin' minute, this don't look like the Coachella Valley to me!"


    I have NEVER said anyone was "out of their cotton-pickin' MIND". I HAVE said "Now wait just a cotton-pickin' MINUTE!"


    It's hard to see racist connotations in that usage of the phrase. It really is. Unless we're gonna start calling Bugs Bunny a racist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steezer View Post
    Where do you think it came from? Do the research before writing stupid shit.

    https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/cotton-picking.html
    The south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steezer View Post
    Where do you think it came from? Do the research before writing stupid shit.

    https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/cotton-picking.html

    I wouldn't put too much faith in that website.

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    Manual cotton picking was tough work. The southern expression 'cutting in high cotton', which means 'have it easy', refers to the relatively easy task of cutting cotton without having to bend down.

    I've never, ever heard the phrase "cutting in high cotton". The correct usage is "shittin' in high cotton", as any true southerner knows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    I wouldn't put too much faith in that website.

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    Manual cotton picking was tough work. The southern expression 'cutting in high cotton', which means 'have it easy', refers to the relatively easy task of cutting cotton without having to bend down.

    I've never, ever heard the phrase "cutting in high cotton". The correct usage is "shittin' in high cotton", as any true southerner knows.
    This is how I always 'heard' the phrase 'high cotton':

    High Cotton meaning

    The term "high cotton" or "tall cotton" originates from the rural farming community in the antebellum (pre-Civil War) South when "high cotton" meant that the crops were good and the prices, were, too. The term has generalized to mean one is doing well or is successful.

    So I have heard the phrase 'living in high cotton'.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    This is how I always 'heard' the phrase 'high cotton':

    High Cotton meaning

    The term "high cotton" or "tall cotton" originates from the rural farming community in the antebellum (pre-Civil War) South when "high cotton" meant that the crops were good and the prices, were, too. The term has generalized to mean one is doing well or is successful.

    So I have heard the phrase 'living in high cotton'.....

    High cotton definitely indicates good fortune, due to a good crop, but I haven't heard that one either. At any rate, you don't "cut" cotton, you pick it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    High cotton definitely indicates good fortune, due to a good crop, but I haven't heard that one either. At any rate, you don't "cut" cotton, you pick it.
    The lyrics to 'Summertime', one of the GREAT American songs, include the phrase 'the cotton is high':

    Porgy & Bess: Summertime

    Louis Armstrong


    Summertime and the livin' is easy
    Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
    Oh your daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin'
    So hush little baby don't you cry

    One of these mornin's you're gonna rise up singin'
    Then you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky
    But 'til that mornin' there's anothin' can harm you
    With daddy and mammy standin' by

    Oh, Summertime and the livin' is easy
    Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
    Oh your daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin'
    So hush little baby don't you cry
    Cry, cry

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