We won’t get into distances this time, like “a hoot and a holler,” and “far as Job could spit.” This will just cover a few numbers and amounts.
SOME SEVERAL: more than just several---the “some” also used to indicate severity or duration of events
FIFTY-SOME-ODD: anything from fifty-one to fifty-nine
BOOCOOS: too many to count. From beaucoup---many muches, and usually preceded by “just” to amplify
SCADS: (a number, not an amount)---lots, and usually followed by “of ‘em” and not “of it”
PINCH: whatever amount thumb and forefinger can grab and put in the pot.
SPOONCLOP: heaped-up spoon---refers to a big clump of something like mayo or butter, which would make an audible “clop” into the dish
PALM: as in "a palm of salt"---usually a measure for pickles or the spaghetti pot
TEE-NINECY BIT: just a little
TO FLOAT AN EGG: from an old pickle recipe---when you had enough salt in the water in the churn to make an egg float, it was right
SIZE OF AN EGG: usually refers to the size of a lump of butter or lard, or to the size you should make roll dough or meatballs into
HALF AN EGGSHELL FULL: Mrs. Prysock’s eggnog recipe called for six each of rum and bourbon. The year Mr. Dero brought home the two dozen Jumbo eggs was a memorable party
TEACUPFUL: you measured with the measure you HAD, and if you used the same one for the whole recipe, it usually balanced out pretty well, even in baking.
A WINEGLASS: who knows what size?
MESS: in the eye of the beholder---a mess of quail you might hold in your hands, whereas a mess of greens might fill a bushel. A GOOD mess might be a lavish amount, or a skimpy one, depending upon the speaker’s known generosity.
A Good Mess of greens from dear Mrs. White would be more than enough, whereas a “good mess” in the eye of Miss Lottie Folger might depict her grudging hand in its meager amount.
CROAKER SACK—burlap sack used to bring home a mess of frogs---like these:
And not THIS:
POKEFUL: usually a smaller sack, of brown paper, but could refer to a small parcel tied up with string
These three same as everybody's:
BUSHEL PECK BALE
A BAIT: usually refers to a big amount, AFTER it’s been eaten, and more than you should have. “I had me a bait of froglegs at Mamma ‘n’ ‘ems last night.”
WHOLE POTFUL: not necessarily foodstuffs, and not necessarily in a pot. You can have, variously, whole potfuls of money, luck or misery, to name a few.
And, as my Dad answered, were anyone ever so gauche as to inquire into his financial state, you might have:
ENOUGH MONEY TO BURN A WET DOG.
And to you all: A Yankee Dime---(A Kiss) and moiré non,