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)

My grandfather:
'The Lord be prais-ed
My belly is rais-ed
Three inches above the table.'
My grandmother did not approve.

Limelight Sat 18-Aug-12 22:20:31

My Grandma rather than my DM but 'if you eat brown eggs your hair will stay brown!'

My other Grandma used to call me 'Grandma's little bit of silk'.

My Grandpa used to describe untrustworthy people as 'twicers' - I love that word!

'Shit and sugar' for dinner
'Up-a-shade-aider' if you tripped confused
'Maybe you'll appreciate me when I'm dead'.When ranting about something

zaphod Sat 18-Aug-12 21:56:52

Be a little LADY

crypes Sat 18-Aug-12 21:54:30

'look after the pennies and their look.after the pounds' usually came before a story by my dad about someone who actually collected coppers under their bed and died a millionaire.

thewhistler Sat 18-Aug-12 21:50:13

Manny a mickle maks a muckle.

I'm hearin' but I'm no heedin'.

You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.

What's the magic word?

It'll be better in the morning.

Better door than window/ do you live in a barn/put wood int 'ole.

HSMM Sat 18-Aug-12 21:47:50

All joints on the table to be carved (elbows)

Pardon me for being so rude.
It was not me, it was my food.
It just came up to say hello,
And now it's gone back down below!

PigeonPie Sat 18-Aug-12 21:39:56

If we asked my Ma what she was doing she'd say 'White-washing a pink elephant'.

Grannie would say never tell Friday night's dream on a Saturday or it'll come true. I know it's only a tale, but I still can't!

thixotropic Sat 18-Aug-12 21:38:52

Neither use nor ornament

For a lazy person

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.

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.

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

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.

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)

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>.

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

Don't get your knickers in a twist.

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.

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

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

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

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

Use your head, your feet are for dancing.

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....!!

Snot and bogey pie for tea! confused

If the wind changes, you will stick like that!

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

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