Monday, July 19, 2010

You Don't Hear This Much

Celia Yeary's blog post Monday at reminded me of a participation blog I'd been wanting to write, but kept forgetting.

Now that I remember, here goes:

When I grew up I heard so many phrases that were a normal part of speech. I thought nothing special of them at the time.  Now that I don't hear them much any more, and I kind of miss them.

Some of them are:
Don't dilly dally
None of that monkeyshine business, you hear?
That's really icky
Were you born in a barn?

I know there are more, but right now I can't think of them. How about you? Which ones do you remember?


  1. Anonymous11:32 PM

    How about, "If you had a brain you'd be dangerous."

    Stephen Tremp

  2. "That girl needs either a red convertible or a paper bag over her head."
    "We'll be there lickety-split."
    "She shines like a new dime."
    There are, oh, so many! Thanks for mentioning my name! Celia

  3. Some I heard were:
    "stop on a dime"
    "don't do any didos" (long I, meaning don't try to do donuts or fish tails with the car)
    "crazy as Cooper's cat"

  4. How about:

    "Okie dokie, artichokie."

    "Make like a banana and split."

    "Just peachy."

    "Not for all the tea in China."


  5. My grandma always used to call a kid who was goofing around a "little nix nuts".

    Maybe that's not a common phrase, but one I certainly remember from my childhood!

  6. The only one that comes to mind right now is "Bigger than Stuttgart."

  7. These comments are splitting my gut!

    I haven't heard that in a while either.

    Morgan Mandel

  8. How fun.
    How about, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

    I'll slap you into next Tuesday.

    Clearly, her chest is bigger than her IQ.

    Okay...that overtaxed my brain. Thanks for stimulating it.

  9. OMG, I almost forgot the most important one.

    Man, that's bitchin'.

  10. One I remember my mother always saying, "Do you want your face to freeze like that?"

    That was usually delivered when I was sticking my tongue out at my sister. LOL

  11. "Sanp to it!"

    Sorry, brain not working right now.

  12. "Finer than frog hair!"
    "Do the Watusi"
    "Man, she shakes it like jello on a plate!"
    "She's got more swing behind her than most southern porches."

  13. Morgan, what a great idea. Funny how these sayings do find their way into our work and sometimes get edited out.

    Great post!

  14. I just thought of another one.
    My uncle used to say
    Yee Gatz!

    Morgan Mandel

  15. Don't forget:
    See ya later, alligator.
    Your age will determine if you know the response.

  16. Pang took mine, just as I was about to post it1 Dabg! Jean

  17. My dad's favorite "cuss" word was "dag nabit" and mom used to say, "If your friends all jumped off a cliff I supposed you'd want to do it too."

    Some of the phrases others mentioned I still day.

    How about, "If you don't straighten up, I'm pulling this car over right now and beat the living daylights out of you."

    I've said that one and never beat the living daylights out of any of my kids.


  18. I remember lots of slang from the '90s, like "radical," and "new wave," but I guess that doesn't count...

  19. My grandmother used to have sayings, like, "He couldn't pour pee out of a boot with directions on the heel," and "He ain't got the sense to come in outta the rain."

    Nobody says "groovy" anymore. And no one "toodles". Apparently, I'm the only one who "scampers" anywhere. Don't know why.

    And Pat, the answer to "See ya later, Alligator" is "After 'while, Crocodile."

    It's official. I'm old.

  20. Don't let the door hit ya on your way out.

    Jimminee Cricket!

    That's the way the ball bounces.

  21. Don't put that in your mouth! You don't know where it's been.

    Close the door! Were you born in a barn?

  22. Don't put that in your mouth! You don't know where it's been.

    Close the door! Were you born in a barn?

  23. When I pouted, my mother used to say, "You'd better pull that lip in before a bird perches on it."

    See you round like a donut. -- So long like a hot dog.

    And my youngest grandson used to get mixed up and say, "See you later like a donut!"


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