Since the publication of Poor Obrum’s Almanack by Benjamin Friesen in 1732, these Abe-related idioms have become part of Mennonite discourse. They’re recited to children before bed and frequently overheard in conversation at MJ’s. Be warned, though, don’t over-Abe it.
10. Don’t put all your Abes in one basket.
9. A picture is worth a 1000 Abes.
8. It’s a chicken and Abe situation.
7. Time flies when you’re having Abe.
6. We’ll cross that Abe when we come to it.
5. The best thing since sliced Abe.
4. You can lead an Abe to schmaunt fat, but you can’t make him drink.
3. An ounce of Peter is worth a pound of Abes.
2. An Abe in the hand is worth two in the bush.
1. Don’t count your Abes before they’re hatched.