How many of you are old enough to have had Uncle Remus read to you when you were small? And then it may have been one of the first books you learned how to read? Well, maybe not the full blown version but a simplified book for kids. That was the origin of "don't throw me in the brier patch". Yep, ole Brer Rabbit begged to have any thing done to him after he was caught except "don't throw me into the brier patch". Of course the brier patch was his home and he was safe and sound in there.
Now be honest, don't study on it, just come out and tell me if you know what the word "brer" means. You know, like brer rabbit. I never knew. Yeah, I know, I ain't the brightest light bulb in the house, but I just thought it had something to do with the brier patch only spelled in German or Hungarian or Rabbit or . . . OK, I was a little boy but that impression stuck until today when I found out it meant "brother". So ole Remus was telling about brother rabbit. OK, go ahead and laugh at me, but I learned something today and all you who knew that didn't. So there!! Now maybe I ought to go back and read some more kid's books. I am going through my second childhood, right? Well maybe not yet, so far, I don't need diapers. . . Now you all have a great day and stay out of the brier patch, you hear?