We have all heard odd sayings and expressions. Some of the more regularly heard throughout my childhood have subconsciously found their way into my writing.
I had an Aunt who, upon hearing someone referred to as "she" would respond with "She is the cat's mother."
Mum always liked dragging out "don't make faces, or the wind will change and you'll be stuck like that."
Then there are the expressions and sayings such as "Well, you know what they say." No, I don't. What do they say, and who are they?
What are some of your favourites? Are there any odd sayings and expressions you truly hate? I would love to read and compare them with those that I grew up with.
Mom-"Close the door, you weren't raised in a barn!" Daddy-"Can't never could". A favorite teacher- 'It's all up to you." Me-" My get up and go done got up and went."
My mother's highest praise to a person was "You're the cat's a**!" I don't use it often, but I love the phrase.
my sister always said "i' am so hungry, i can eat the a*** end out of a rag doll". and when mum didn't know what an object was she would say " its a wigwam for a gooses bridle".
"Now look me in the eye, when I am talking to you."
"The grass is not always greener on the other side?"
"Be careful of the friends you choose."
"Lord, Help Us!" "Idle hands is a devil's tool."
There are lots of course, but thought maybe these would help get the ball rollin for you:)
I remember somone saying "The rule of thumb" which was originally a rule that said you could legally beat your wife with an object no larger than your thumb.
The one that irks me is, "You can't have your cake and eat it too."
I know what it means, and it should really be "You can't keep your cake so you'll still have it, and eat it too." Or else something like, "You can't save your cake and eat it."
Still, it irks me, because (to me) because I always think, "I can't eat my cake until I have it - so of course, I need to have the cake before I eat it." Something else I think is, "Well, eating my cake and having my cake are the same thing, as far as I'm concerned." I think of things like, "Have some tea?" Also, if I didn't plan to eat the cake I wouldn't take it in the first place! And the other thing is, the whole idea of cake is to eat it (otherwise why take it, have it, keep it, or do anything else with it?)
Knowing cake, nobody can keep their cake for too long because it gets stale! So, to me, that whole saying is just stupid for a number of reasons. Besides, if someone just takes the saying for what it means and doesn't analyze it, the fact is some people DO manage to both "have " their cake and eat it.
(AND... I don't even like cake, so it just bugs me that anyone brings up cake at all. )
where are you where is it a cold wintry day., Very hot here in Ireland which is unusual.
You can take a horse to water,but you cannot make it drink.
Many hands make light work.
Look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves.
He has made no mistakes, has made nothing at all
I could go on all day with these,.
"Many hands make light work" kind of conflicts with "Too many cooks spoil the broth", doesn't it.... Or else, maybe a third saying should be, "A bunch of people can poor quality stuff a lot faster."
"Look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves" : No they won't. Look after the pounds because if you spend all your time looking after pennies the pounds may fly away while you're not paying attention to them." (maybe that's just my thinking.... )
Then there's, "A penny saved is a penny earned." I figure, if you earned the penny once you can't earn it again; and if someone gave you the penny you didn't earn it, so saving it isn't going to mean you earned it either. I say, "A penny saved is a penny saved. End of story."
I know what you mean Lisa, what can you do with this one.,
Old Habits Die Hard.
Joy56 I don't think I can do much with that one. I pretty much think that ones true.
(Of course, it does occur to me that someone might consider that all habits are old habits - otherwise they wouldn't be called, "habits", at all. ) Other than that, the only thing else that occurs me to is that might be that it could be changed to, "Habits don't die on their own. You have to know to kill them." Or how about the less empowering and less optimistic: "Forget about changing. It's pretty much hopeless."
"Look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves"
But some people are penny-wise and pound-foolish.
"A penny saved is a penny earned."
No. A penny saved is a penny, which is about a seventh of a piece of Bazooka Joe bubble gum.
I always wondered about "falling head over heels." Where do you usually keep your head, in relation to your heels?
Jeff, unless, of course, you're doing either a back-flip or somersault (or something like that) - but that wouldn't be "falling" it would be intentional (and fairly impressive, by the way). Technically, if you fell (backward or forward), either the back of your head would be level with your heels, or else face would be level with your heels.
Saying someone "fell for" someone else, or saying someone "flipped over" someone else would seem better.
Speaking of "flipping" - how about "flipped his wig"??? I can guess where that one came (an earlier time and even today in some countries) - but the saying, "flipped his wig" really ought to disappear forever. Let's not talk about either having our cake and eating it or flipping wigs.
My Mum used to come out with the most amazingly non-sensical sayings, a couple I particularly remember are -
'A man forced his pig and he died'
'It's like feeding a donkey strawberries'
'I'm as old as my little finger'
'You would laugh to see your grannie's backside catch fire'
I could go on - but I won't!
I may regret asking this, but... Who died? The man, or the pig?
You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything.
I used to hear that one too.
strike while the iron's hot...
grass is always greener... over there..
I don't know if this is odd, but it never made sense to me.
mom- 'don't worry what those kids say, just be yourself.'
me being myself.
mom- 'why don't you do what so and so does...??'
A penny saved is worth two pennies earned (the penny saved isn’t taxed).
And so it goes…
"You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything." That one I actually like.
One I really hate is "kill two birds with one stone" - too gruesome, violent, and disturbing (even if it is only a saying).
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
If you fall and hurt yourself, I'll break your neck!
Speak only when spoken to.
Two wrongs don't make a right.
You're not just whistling dixie.
Another hundred years and you'll never know the difference.
It's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
Who died and made you God?
All "fine" (but often questionable) sayings...
How about, "One day we'll look back at this and laugh." (I haven't yet looked back at anything that made anyone say that and laughed. It wasn't funny then, and it still isn't funny now. It probably won't be funny thirty years from now either. )
Leant leftist socailists.
I have no idea what that Palinesque term means.
"There you are and where are you?"
"Don't teach your grandma to suck eggs."
"A stitch in time saves nine." like a time warp?
"And there he was: gone!"
"Little birds in their nests must agree."
"You have to measure your wants by your means."
"If you weren't so Ballymena with your Ballymoney you could buy a Ballycastle for your Ballyholme[sic]."
"Beat that intil ye!" ("bon apetit")
"You might be a pain, but you're not a very good window."
My personal favorite: "it is what it is" OR
"wish in one hand and sht in the other, see which one fills up first"....use this on the kids daily.
"It is what it is" - that's, I think, the biggest one for professional athletes and coaches when they're interviewed. That's pretty much what they have to say under most circumstances.
The other one - I've never heard. (Maybe just as well ) (I suppose it may have its wisdom, though. )
what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
cast your bread on the water it will return to you many times.
if wishes were horses the beggars would ride.
How about these?
Don't put the cart before the horse
A stich in time saves nine
If it were a snake it would've bit you
If all your friends jumped off a cliff would you think you should?
I'm more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs
I'm busier than a one armed man with the crabs (yuck)
or busier than a one armed paper hanger
or busier than a brothel on nickel night
Yikes - I have more. . .
I think my favorite is "there's more than one way to skin a cat." WHO THE HELL SKINS CATS?? I don't like cats, but I don't skin them.
In what society were cat furs used for anything?
like a one legged man in an ass kickin contest.
Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
As nervous as a whore in church.
In parts of Canada, "the baby is making strange."
Meaning, the baby won't go without a big fuss to another person.
"What's that for?
Cat's fur to make kitten britches."
(I have no idea where that came from but my grandad used to say it.)
"Scattered from hell to breakfast."
"My achin' petunia!"
"Hold'er Newt, she's headed for the corn!"
(Meaning things are getting out of control.)
...busy as a one-armed jack hammer operator.
"I'll kick your butt so hard you'll have to part your hair to take a crap."
(Really, I've heard this one a few times...)
My Uncle Frank:
"That just makes my butt want to drink buttermilk" I have no idea what exactly he means. He uses it for all occasions, good or bad.
These are a few I have used over the years during my career as an Electrical Project Supt and Manager, mostly directed towards employees and applied as training tools,
“I’m trying is noisy way of not doing”
“I hear better with my eyes”
“Don’t tell me what you can do, show me what you’ve got done”
“There’s the wrong way, the fast way and then there’s my way, and it’s my way or the highway”
“I believe you may have completed your application and been accepted to DTR Electric” (DTR = Down the road)
“Sure we're friends, just not between 6:30 and 3:00”
And my personal Favorites;
“I may be an asshole, but it’s Mr. Asshole to you”
“If you want to be good at your job, learn mine, if you want your men to be good at their jobs, teach them yours.”
Rule #1 The boss is always right.
Rule #2 When in doubt, see rule #1.
Listening to the football, I was just reminded of an expression that I truly loathe... "they lead by 20 points to 12." If they did lead by 20 points, the score would be 32 to 12. We can still win. Go the mighty Rabbitohs!
There's no fool like an old fool
You can't teach an old dog new tricks
You probably already know this saying from Anham Land!
"Bladdidlue... Bladdidling... Bladdidblohs!"
My dad used to describe grumpy people as "like a Jack Russel with an ulcer"
"Two wrongs don't make a right...but three lefts do."
"Your momma wasn't a glass maker," (which is usually accompanied by)
"You make a better door than a window."
There were so many I heard repeatedly growing up, but for some reason I can't think of them now!
This one just came to me, it was a favorite of my most favorite teacher in high school....any time you would ask him how long an essay should be, he would reply, "As long as a skirt. Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to be interesting." This cracked me up on several levels. First and foremost, we were a class of primarily female students. Secondly, the males that were in the class were COMPLETE horndogs. Third, he was gay, so I'm guessing that skirts (let alone whatever was in them) were of absolutely NO interest to him. I still lqtms every time I hear it.
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