Parent's sayings you still remember

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DeadRisingPies Wed 11-Apr-12 18:56:02

Mum: 'You'll think an elephant's kicked you one day' (still waiting)

Dad: 'You can't be pretty AND clever' (thanks, Dad)

Chubfuddler Sat 18-Aug-12 20:14:06

My mothers best, cribbed from her Plymouth driving instructor and now repeated from me when another driver is being hesitant about a gap "you could get the Ark Royal through there"

My nan had many, many sayings. Many songs too. Lots were rude and not really appropriate for children. Didn't stop her:

A blind man would be glad to see you (in response to " do I look ok")
No one looks at the mantle when they're stoking the fire (sex)
Takes a lean dog for a long hunt
If wishes were horses all beggars would ride
All fur coat and no knickers

Chubfuddler Sat 18-Aug-12 20:15:13

Perfume = you smell like a tarts boudoir

'll buy you two in case one makes you sick It took me years to realise Mum was being sarcastic!

Y is a crooked letter than can't be fixed

Loads from above but particularly I want never gets, and ^"She's" the cats mother ^were said with regularity.

It's a man place to try it, and a womens place to deny it- once and once only ! Said often when I was a teenager and going on a date!

Rhubarb78 Sat 18-Aug-12 20:31:09

We got 'pigs bum and cabbage' in answer to what's for dinner

SoggySummer Sat 18-Aug-12 20:40:08

Its like Blackpool illuminations in here
Is that a skirt or a pelmet?
Were you born in a barn?
This is a house not a hotel

chocolatetester1 Sat 18-Aug-12 20:43:05

"I think you'll find I'm right."

"it's not who's right, it's who's left" - my granny at any hint of road rage. I use this a lot now.

mummmsy Sat 18-Aug-12 20:52:20

omg Gnocchi was yer ma, my ma? and more to the point, are you from Northern Ireland? they strike me as NIrish sayings?!

mummmsy Sat 18-Aug-12 20:53:35

what's for dinner? Stewed bugs and onions

No really, what's for dinner? Bee's knees and spider's elbows

cyanarasamba Sat 18-Aug-12 20:56:03

You'd break Tonka toys you would.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sat 18-Aug-12 20:56:50

If the wind changes, you will stick like that!

Don't pick your nose your head will cave in/your eyes will fall out!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sat 18-Aug-12 20:58:38

Snot and bogey pie for tea! confused

lop37 Sat 18-Aug-12 20:59:13

"Would you like a knuckle sandwich???"( my Dad, trying to be funny).
"All fur coat and no knickers".
"Do as I say, not as I do".
"Don`t come crying to me if you break your neck.."
In response to "whats for dinner.."Poo pie!!"
In response to "MUMMMM"..Ive run off with the postman/ milk man....!!

onedev Sat 18-Aug-12 21:00:53

Use your head, your feet are for dancing.

All fur coat and no knickers
I'd rather be late in this life than early in the next (when other drivers go too fast)
If you were meant to have holes in your ears you would have been born with them (ear piercings)
Nice girls don't wear black underwear

onehitwonder Sat 18-Aug-12 21:05:26

Put the wood in the hole (shut the door) - DH's grandad
For a window you make a great door - My mum and dad when we were stood in front of the telly
Can you whistle? - Mum and Dad again, when my or my sister were singing
It's looking a bit dark over will's mums - Dark clouds in the distance

If we had any eggs, we could have ham and eggs ... if we had any ham.

Lagartijadoesthecrazyshake Sat 18-Aug-12 21:09:15

If wishes were horses beggars would ride
Do I look like I'm made of money (I used to have visions of my DM made up of 2p coins)
You daft wee article.
You're a cushy wee pet (talking about the dog)
Were you born in a barn?
I want doesn't get...Please may I...
Little things please little minds.

Lagartijadoesthecrazyshake Sat 18-Aug-12 21:09:53

Don't get your knickers in a twist.

madnortherner Sat 18-Aug-12 21:12:58

Loving these. My parents are southerners and had no useful sayings. Although, being brought up in the north, I heard some great ones growing up.

"You make a better door than a window" (for standing in someone's way)
"I want never gets" (I use this all the time with my 2 DSs now)
"Were you born in a field?" (for not shutting the door)

There must've been more <racks brain>.

Musomathsci Sat 18-Aug-12 21:25:29

There ain't many that size much bigger (referring to an unusually large vegetable!)
Reckons he's body everyself (referring to someone a bit big-headed)
Smart as a carrot half-scraped
Dirty cup of tea (with a dollop of clotted cream in it)
You could shave a dead mouse without waking it (referring to a sharp knife)
Cat's got your tongue (child not speaking)

BitchyHen Sat 18-Aug-12 21:27:33

My Great-Grandad used to have loads of sayings,
When it was my bedtime he would say up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire, and you'll be asleep in two shakes of a lamb's tail.
If I did anything silly he called me daft ha'porth of daft as a brush.

My Nan always says I can't get up I've got a bone in my leg.

Mum always used to say do you think money grows on trees? - to which the answer was yes if its made of paper.

littlemefi Sat 18-Aug-12 21:28:03

"many a mickle makes a muckle".... "if you fall off that wall and break your legs, don't come running to me"...."you make a better door than a window", if we were stood in front of the telly

1944girl Sat 18-Aug-12 21:30:26

I am a geordie born and bred.Alot of local sayings have died out now but I can remember a few from my parents and rellies.
My granda when talking about anyone who was not fussy about their personal hygiene;''Never had a wash since the midwife last bathed him/her''
My uncle when referring to someone who thought they were better than anyone else''He/she goes to the toilet'' or ''Their shite stinks just like ours''.
My dad was a great one for telling you to ''Get your finger out'' meaning get on with the job.
Minds gone blank but I will remember some more.

Mama1980 Sat 18-Aug-12 21:32:52

After one of us saying pardon me after a burp/fart etc my nan would always turn round and say 'they don't pardon pigs they shoot them' hmm and before any big day or event she would say 'dont be nervous just dress to impress and be prepared to go down with the ship' another hmm but I still say it to myself to this day whenever I have a meeting or something to go to.

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