Mumsnet Logo
My feed

to access all these features


Parent's sayings you still remember

84 replies

DeadRisingPies · 11/04/2012 18:56

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

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

OP posts:

insancerre · 13/05/2012 11:11

My dad used to 'go see a man about a dog' every Sunday
He used to call my brother ' a tit in a trance'
He used to answer the phone with 'battersea dog's home'
He used to tell people to 'pull up a pew' and he always liked a 'nice cup of rosy-lee'


Growlithe · 13/05/2012 11:16

My dad, when one of us hurt ourselves - 'It'll be a pig's foot in the morning'. Confused


Windandsand · 14/05/2012 09:59

Insancerre, my dad used to answer the phone with' battersea dogs home ' as well!! Is your dad a Londoner?

They also had a horror of being out of work and said they would rather starve than "beg off the state". My dad would employ ex prisoners as he said once they had done there time and shouldn't have to go any lower.

'drawing attention to her or himself" at anyone being emotional
'foreign muck" any dish of food not meat and two veg. They used to laugh though so I think it was an inside joke as they were always abroad...


crazybubbasmummy · 18/08/2012 19:32

When hurting leg or finger it was "you've got another one" Smile or "I'll have to cut it off then" Confused


MelanieSminge · 18/08/2012 19:35

my dad used to answer the phone with' battersea dogs home
hehehe me and bro used to do that, it drove our mother insane....


GnocchiNineDoors · 18/08/2012 19:36

My hair's a mess? "You look like the wild woman of Borneo" (sp?)

My room's a mess? "Its like Bey Route in here"

All the lights on? "Its like Blackpool Illuminations in here"

big fan of the simile, my DM.


GnocchiNineDoors · 18/08/2012 19:37

Oh and my Uncle has always, and still, answers all telephone calls with "Heaven, God speaking"


LadybirdLipstick · 18/08/2012 19:45

Gnocchi - those were all familiar to me too!

It's Beirut btw (coz of the damage from the bombing).
No idea about the mad woman of Borneo though. Who was she?


LadybirdLipstick · 18/08/2012 19:47

Oh, and as well as a cup of Rosie-Lee (tea), it was also called a cup of 'Char'. No idea why. Maybe Char-lie = tea?

There was quite a bit of rhyming slang in our house anyway!

Anyone else for 'better out than in' when choking?


GnocchiNineDoors · 18/08/2012 19:49

I know the location, and the reference, just had no idea on spelling (thanks, corrects self)



MrsKwazii · 18/08/2012 19:50

"Stop crying or I'll give you something to cry about." Confused


MelanieSminge · 18/08/2012 19:51

'you look as though you have been dragged through a hedge backwards'


glammanana · 18/08/2012 19:52

If I ever fell over and hurt my knee's or bled anywhere mum would says "don't worry it will be a pigs foot in the morning" ?? why !!!


EyesDoMoreThanSee · 18/08/2012 19:52

eat it or leave it but DON'T play with it

better out than in

like it or lump it


JemimaPuddle · 18/08/2012 19:53

When asking dad where mum has gone ( no matter where it was) it was always either "Timbucktoo" or "There and back to see how far it is!"
If my dad ever went anywhere it was "to see a man about a dog"


Rhubarb78 · 18/08/2012 19:54

'too much laughing ends in crying' and 'do your best, saints can't do more' the latter always made me feel better about exams!


sausagewallet · 18/08/2012 19:54

MrsKwazii my mum used to say that! And "don't pick your nose or your face will cave in"


Rhubarb78 · 18/08/2012 19:55

My dad always used to 'see a man about a dog' too, I always got excited thinking we were getting a dog.


lalaloopylou · 18/08/2012 19:57

My house my rules
You look like Sally gone for a living (when dressing up a young child)
The Wind will change and youll be stuck like that
Iffits- as in when we asked what's for dinner 'if its there you can have it'
Born in a barn(when not closing door)
You smell like the perfume counter at boots
Rabbit food=salad


thekidsarealright · 18/08/2012 20:00

"It's time to fish or cut bait." (make your choice - my lovely Nan)

Whenever we asked my Mum what was for dinner she would say "bread and pull it."


gazzalw · 18/08/2012 20:01

You're not as green as you are cabbage looking!


5madthings · 18/08/2012 20:07

"stop sea sawing snot" whenever we sniffed!

and "i am going to bang your heads together" when my sister and were bickering.

my dad still answers the phone with "hello, this is the mad house, duty looney speaking" or " this is the fridge speaking, the answer machine is on holiday" Hmm


ifancyashandy · 18/08/2012 20:08

'What's for dinner mum?' 'Shit with sugar on'.

'Where's my (whatever)?' ' Up my arse'

She was a Head Teacher.....


Don't get pregnant.
You'll go to hell in a hand bucket.
I'm not your friend... I'm your mother.


LoosingBattle · 18/08/2012 20:08

"I'll be there in two shakes of a dead lambs tail"

"It is better to be a little patient on the road than a little patient in the hospital" (from my gran after passing my driving test)


Chubfuddler · 18/08/2012 20:14

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

Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

We're all short on time

Log in or sign up to use the 'See Next' or 'See all' posts by the OP (Original Poster) and cut straight to the action.

Already signed up?

Sign up to continue reading

Mumsnet's better when you're logged in. You can customise your experience and access way more features like messaging, watch and hide threads, voting and much more.

Already signed up?