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Phrases we know, from years of being told.

Updated on November 28, 2010

You know you say it too...

I am sure that everyone has a hundred and one little saying or phrases they have heard that are repeated from generation to generations. My mother and the words which she had spoken to me throughout my childhood, some of which are things I swore I would never say to my children, are in fact what I tend to repeat to them today. The below hub, is an arrangement of these phrases- I am sure that most will be able to pick out more than one which you have heard or been told, regardless of your age. Hope you enjoy…the arrangement is mine---but the phrases have been around for awhile…

When you grow up-You will say the same things...

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When did I become my mother?


Pretty as a picture.
Sweet as can be.
God Bless her little soul.
The girl is lost from reality.

Bow your head to say a prayer.
Look me in the eyes.
Do you know what I mean?
Stop telling me your lies.

Dinner is ready,
Now Go Brush your teeth,
A splitting headache.
No more for me.

Give me a break!
Lend me a dollar?
Call your Mom-
Ask your father.

I don’t like that.
May I have some more please?
I don’t feel good.
Okay-Now say cheese!

Ignore them, they will stop.
Nerds, Geeks, Preps and Jocks.

Ugly as a dog.
You live like a slob.

Clean up your room.
You will be grounded for life.
Keep your hands to yourself.
It’s bed time!

Rise and Shine.
Nighty, Night.
Lock the front door.
Turn on the night light.

Get ready,
I’m running late,
Don’t forget to remember.
Close the gate.

Because I said so,
I don’t care what you want.
Be nice to your sister.
Feed the dogs.

Don’t give up.
I’m losing my mind.
Be true to yourself.
Smile!
Do not lie!

She’s a nut job.
Keep me in mind.
It is a doggy dog world.
Don’t leave me behind.

Just you wait,
Until your father gets home.
You can make the rules,
Once you are grown.

If you don’t knock it off,
I will turn this car around.
Can you please stop?
Not another sound!

Look what we have here!
What did you say?
The world isn’t ending
The sun will shine again some day.

Take small bites,
Chew your food.
Elbows off the table-
Don’t be rude.

Great-I did it again
Where the heck are my car keys?
I need a vacation-
But it must wait till they turn 18.

So many sayings
Some I swore to never say
But Like mother, like daughter-
And I am now wondering,
When I got this way.


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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      htodd- thanks for looking at the hub...

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Right,I never thought of this...Thanks for that

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      molometer,

      LOL... so true... I cant wait until I can laugh at my kids who are complaining about all the stuff their children will do to them, just as my parents laugh at me now for saying, what is wrong with them, why do they do that stuff? LOL...Thanks for the comment :)

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      molometer 5 years ago

      What a great hub. I think this is so true and the weird thing is; that if you are lucky enough you will hear your own kids repeating to their kids what you said to them lol circle of life? Thanks great use of language. Voted UP AUIB

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      HC,

      Back when I was a kid... then you would hear

      I remember when gas was a nickel a gallon

      "penny candy"

      we used to play in the street

      "music was music""Music didnt have a message"

      Kids were polite...

      "We talked to people live..No voice mail email or gmail qmail- no tweetering faceblocking or coconuting"- A real quote from My Father.....

      oh i could go on but felt that one says it all...

      kinda

      TH

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      TH- thanks for more of the greatest phrases that have withstood the test of time :) I needed a comment and all of my positive comments today :)

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      HC,

      your Xxx will roll over in his/her grave

      I saw my life flash before my eyes

      I'll believeit when I believe it

      till the cows come home

      I got more

      TH

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      TH- LMAO... too funny and those are ones for the books that I too remember... thanks :)

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      Dont do that or you eyes will stay that way,

      dont do that or hair will grow on your palms

      dont do that or you'll poke/shoot your eye out

      dont do that or you'll go blind

      hAHA

      TH

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      TH, too funny...thanks for the additional phrases and memories, perhaps I will write a part two for this hub and include your suggestions :) Thanks for stopping in and for commenting :)

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      HC,

      what time is it?

      "hair past a freckle.

      its a dog eat dog world.

      If it was a dog it would have bit you.

      fit as a fiddle.

      Win some ya lose some

      Never look a gift horse in the mouthclose but no cigar

      All the worlds a stage and we are merely players

      Smart as a box a rocks or Dumb as a box a rocks

      sharp as a sack of wet mice

      Oh well... heh there ya go

      TH

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      mtsi1098- lol, I love the input! I recall being told , ill give you something to cry about ' as well as ,'eat your peas or you won't get big & strong'...still hate peas,lol

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      Richieb799 6 years ago from Cardiff, Wales UK

      Hehe, these are some funny phrases, great photos as well.. what happened to your girl who likes to draw hub, I notice because the link was broken on mine. Ah well never mind, the drawings were great mind! :)

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this and hated the "Because I said so" remark as I always wanted to know why...I do remember others like "don't frown like that because your face will stay that way" or one of my personal favorites "this is my house"...thanks for the smiles

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Monica_ I'm glad I could help your mood-and that you enjoyed the phrases. Thanks for your comment

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Opinion duck- I'm glad you liked the hub & found some new phrases-thanks for the feedback :)

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      MonicaRobinson 6 years ago

      Reading this has ended a somewhat frustrating day with a great big smile! Thank you.

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      HC

      Thanks, I didn't know most of these.

      I guess I didn't listen when I was a kid.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      michael ely, thanks for the feedback- I am glad that you have enjoyed my work :) It means a lot to get those kind of comments...

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      michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi H.C Porter, I really enjoyed that. Interesting and funny. I've now read a few of yours and they have all been very good. Thanks. Michael.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Eiddwen- I am not entirely sure why but I do love to receive that 'clever' comment/compliment :) Thanks for reading and for taking the time to leave me some feedback :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      zzron- thanks so much for the the compliment and for taking the time to read the hub- I am glad you enjoyed the verses :)

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A very clever poem and I loved it!

      Thank you so much for sharing what many can relate to I'm sure.

      take care.

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Awesome, well written.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Winsome

      Thanks for the comment- I am so glad that you enjoyed this one... do our mothers know each other...cause your's sounds a whole lot like mine- lol :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      De Greek- thank you sir- for coming by and checking this one out...I am so glad that you enjoyed it :) I do appreciate the feedback :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      burning bush

      thanks for the comment :) I use to believe that my mother and I were night and day...now, I am not so sure... we are becoming more and more alike the older I get...lol, funny how that happens :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Kenneth Ray

      Thanks for the feedback... I am glad you liked the poem! :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Deborah Demander

      oh geeze- my kids are only 2 and 3...I am afraid of who I will become by the time they are teens, lol... thanks for the comment :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      K J Page

      Thanks-I am glad I could make you laugh! Thanks for stopping in and reading some of my work :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Veronica Allen

      lol, I am glad you liked it and saw a little of yourself in it...the way I see myself... :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Judicastro,

      thanks for the feedback and I am glad you were able to read another (more serious) hub of mine. Thanks for commenting...

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      KoffeeKlatch Gals

      Thanks for the feedback on this hub- I am glad you liked it. I too feel like a broken record with some of these phrases which I swore up and down I would never repeat... but like the poem says---I am now my mother, lol :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      ed burns,

      thank you, thank you- so glad that you liked the hub :) I appreciate you taking the time to comment :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Nan- Thanks for your feedback and for the compliment :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      lorlie6

      Thank you Ma'am... Glad you think so. I dont think I have ever been told how clever I am this many times before- it is kind of nice, lol. Glad you enjoyed the phrases :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Mike Lickteig

      I am glad you and so many others enjoyed this hub... I figured that most of us could relate to one or two of the lines :) Thanks mike :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Ken R. Abell

      Thanks Ken, I love being able to bring back pleasant memories from the words I write. Glad I got to make you smile. Thanks for the comment :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      2patricias

      lol, exactly...and pick up your dirty laundry. it is funny what time/ age and kids does to us and our choice of words :) Thanks for the comment- I am glad you liked the hub :)

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Terrific Holly, I like the one where the mom says

      "Stop doing that! Didn't I tell you to stop doing that? Do I have to come over there? What did I just say? Do I have to tell you again? I'm not going to tell you again! Stop doing that!" =:)

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      How clever this is! Well done :-)

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      burning bush 6 years ago

      Everytime I look in the mirror I see my Father and each time I give my 35 year old daughter some piece of advice I hear my Mother. I told myself a million times, I'll never be that way". Well apparently I lied. Brilliant poetry. Thanks.

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      Ken McGonigal 6 years ago from Maple Ridge, BC

      Ditto! I started to repeat what my mother told me when my kids became teens. I love your poem!

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great poem.

      I became my mother when my kids became teenagers.

      Namaste.

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      K J Page 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Oh Lord! I had to laugh - Yes I've heard a few - and I know that I have done the same!! Thanks!!!! Great poem....

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hee!Hee! I love it! I find myself doing the same exact thing. I have become my mother and I see it every single day I open my mouth.

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      Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Very cleverly done! I also was touched by your missing child hub.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great selection of lines. I can remember them being used on me by my parents. I used them on my girls, now they are using them on their children.

      You children are too cute for words.

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      ed burns 6 years ago

      Good collection of phrases.Marvelous hub i must say.

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      Nan 6 years ago

      It's easier to memorize the sayings that we feel comfortable with. It works. Your kids are darling.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      This is a very clever poem, Holly!! I love the way you made the sayings work for you.

      Take good care now!

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      Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      This was terrific! I confess that as I grew older, some expressions came with me. (My father had some German ones that were never translated, but that is a different story.) I enjoyed this very much.

      Hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday.

      Mike

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      Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Very nicely done. Enjoyed it because it brought back memories which were accompanied by smiles. Thank you.

      Happy Thanksgiving.

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      2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      And don't squeeze the toothpaste in the middle!

      When I was a kid I vowed that I would always squeeze the toothpaste tube any way I wanted - and now I find that I do it just like my mother so that I can squeeze out every last drop.

      Loved this hub and voted it up.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Pachuca213-thanks, I am glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      ghomefitness-thanks for the comment. I think that is one that I say at least once a day, lol :)

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      Pachuca213 6 years ago

      thats funny! and cute!

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      ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

      That is a good collection of lines. It is a sad day when you realize you are using your parents lines. I used because I said so yesterday, I'm not proud but it worked.