Like socks on a rooster…

One of my dad’s favorite sayings… I have to admit, for a long time I had no idea what this one meant – he was always just so proud of himself when he could work it into a conversation that we had a good laugh and moved on with our lives. He really is pretty groovy and comical sometimes.

The thought of “socks on a rooster” still always makes me smile, if only because of the mental image that always pops in my head. You just pictured a chicken wearing fuzzy socks, right? Me too. Never gets old. It elicits a mental giggle… and it gets me. Every. Time. In fact, I’m smiling as I type this.

For the longest time, my husband would give me that weird “I just don’t get you and your people” look when I too would get to say, “Looky there, just like socks on a rooster…” in just the perfect situation. While I was giving myself an internal high-five, he was thinking I was a little off my rocker. Not sayin’ he’s totally incorrect, but the satisfaction made the raised eyebrow totally worth it (For the record, I’ve even heard him use the rooster socks reference, which is awesome. And a riot. I’m rubbing off on him. And there’s nothing he can do about it.)

Back to the roosters and their socks. I finally ran across this one day, and it made perfect sense to me.


You’re giggling right now, aren’t you?


My ah-ha moment! So I still love Dad’s interpretation of the saying, which actually probably was learned from my Gram… hilarious in her own right. It IS at least partially about the right fit when you didn’t think you’d fit at all.

But there’s the neat-o factor too. Don’t we all want to be unique and neat and wonderful and find just the right fit? Yep, we do.

It’s about who we are – in business terms, especially in the world of advertising where I spend my days, it would be our unique selling proposition – our one thing… the thing that makes us special and worthy of consideration. We all have it – it’s a matter of tapping into it, embracing it, and putting it out there in just the right way. It’s getting that individual message to just the right people – the people who are going to think what you have to offer fits the bill like – well, socks on a rooster.

For my sister and me, the Thelma and Louise of aspiring authors, we each like to think the other has neatness for days… with plenty to spare. And we dream of the day when everyone else gets on board with our neater-than-chicken-socks story.

4 thoughts on “Like socks on a rooster…

  1. So many various interpretations of this saying. So many taking it as a negative thing. My Dad always used it just as you relate it. A surprisingly perfect fit. I am going to keep using it that way forever.


  2. OMG my father always said this! I found your blog just now when I googled the phrase. For some reason as I sit here distracted from my studies, the phrase came to me and I wondered if it had a back story, what it’s origins are. Yours was the first link I selected so I can’t tell you what the history is, you may already know it. I just had to leave a comment and tell you how much that phrase makes me smile as well. My father passed away almost 9 years ago and it is one of the first things to come to mind when I think of him. He had a lot of odd comments but I never heard this one from anyone else. He said it all the time, too. I always interpreted it to mean something was odd, not quite what you would expect but you made it work. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on it. I enjoyed your blog as well, thought it was neater than chicken socks! Thanks for sharing!
    P.S. My father was born in 1920 in upstate NY, WWII vet. Curious to know if your dad was from the same era?


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