Things your mother used to say

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Things your mother used to say

Postby Rorschach » 11 Feb 2020, 13:02

In my experience, it always seems to be mothers who have these expressions that you don't normally hear elsewhere. However, I'm guilty of inflicting many of them on my son so it clearly isn't an exclusively maternal thing.

But anyway, my mum used to say, "This isn't getting the baby a new bonnet." when there was something that needed doing and she wasn't doing it. It was a way of announcing the termination of the idling activity and the beginning of the required activity.

I have never heard this expression anywhere else.

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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Minnie the Minx » 11 Feb 2020, 14:24

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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Rorschach » 11 Feb 2020, 14:25

Minnie the Minx wrote:I don’t think my contributions would be safe for work.


You were happy enough to say you'd had cock for breakfast!
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 11 Feb 2020, 14:40

Rorschach wrote:
Minnie the Minx wrote:I don’t think my contributions would be safe for work.


You were happy enough to say you'd had cock for breakfast!



Well it was an obvious typo! I meant coke!
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Rorschach » 11 Feb 2020, 14:56

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Well it was an obvious typo! I meant coke!


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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Belle Lettre » 11 Feb 2020, 15:57

Mine says "hell mend you" if someone complains of a hangover.
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Rorschach » 11 Feb 2020, 16:11

Belle Lettre wrote:Mine says "hell mend you" if someone complains of a hangover.


Not sure what to make of that. What sort of voice does she say it in? Disapproving? Sympathetic? Scornful?

My parents were teetotal so hangovers were not allowed in our house. If I had complained of one she'd probably have said, "Oh Timmy! The virgin Mary won't know which way to look!".
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 11 Feb 2020, 16:20

Rorschach wrote:...my mum used to say, "This isn't getting the baby a new bonnet." when there was something that needed doing and she wasn't doing it. It was a way of announcing the termination of the idling activity and the beginning of the required activity.

I have never heard this expression anywhere else.



Similar to "This isn't getting the baby bathed"

My Mam used to say "I feel like Barney's bull" when she was tired/exhausted after running around after all of us.
If anyone left any food on their plate (which was a rare occurrence) she would say "Billy Brown's last bite".
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Flower » 11 Feb 2020, 17:49

My mother would say all the usual for a NYC mom such as "If all your friends jump off the building, it doesn't mean that you have to jump also." She and some of my other friends moms would also tell us .. "If you eat the ends of the bread or the last piece of anything, you will be old maids." :lol:

Being an old maid was not a threat to a five year old and guess what? I ate the ends and last pieces of many things and I'm not an old maid.

I just remembered this one, which was told to me when I was in kindergarten .. "If you get a tattoo, you won't be allowed to be buried in a Jewish Cemetery" She told me this many times but what 5 or 6 year old thinks of getting a real tattoo or being buried? :lol:
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby KeithPratt » 11 Feb 2020, 21:16

My mum said things like "I'll have your guts for garters" and when I used to say "What?", she'd go "He invented steam engines".

She was UTTERLY confused by Windows (as in the OS). Didn't get it at ALL.

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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Minnie the Minx » 11 Feb 2020, 21:50

At dinner table:
Mum there’s a caterpillar in the cabbage!

Eat it

I don’t want it!

When I was in the camp I ATE CATERPILLARS!

I’m not in a camp mum!

Oh I’ll eat it GIVE IT HERE!!!


*substitute ‘slug, worm, fly, beetle for caterpillar to cover all similar mealtimes*
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Six String » 12 Feb 2020, 00:10

One time on the way to work I stopped in the garden to check things out and picked a leaf of spinach and popped it in my mouth and suddenly felt a texture incongruous with a leaf and it was a small slug that was on the underside of the leaf.

No I didn't eat it.

When my grandmother excused herself to go to the toilet she would say "I've got to go see Mrs. Jones. My uncle would say "I'm going to see a man about a horse."

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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Samoan » 12 Feb 2020, 08:51

Mum had an expression "giving out the pay" on occasions which meant having a rant at someone, for example, "Mrs Shaw was giving out the pay to the milkman this morning for overcharging her."

I had a google as to it's meaning/origins and it's quite an Irish thing -

https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/giving-out-irish-style/
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Postby never/ever » 12 Feb 2020, 09:17

My mother spoke dialect most of the time with her relatives - it was a specific kind of German with Dutch and Flemish influences. When she cursed shed do it in that dialect much to the children's delight because it was so damn funny to our ears- the brogue was quite soft and lilting, far from the gruff Northern dialects and language. Effectively, Southerners are not able to swear properly.
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Belle Lettre » 12 Feb 2020, 11:49

Rorschach wrote:
Belle Lettre wrote:Mine says "hell mend you" if someone complains of a hangover.


Not sure what to make of that. What sort of voice does she say it in? Disapproving? Sympathetic? Scornful?

My parents were teetotal so hangovers were not allowed in our house. If I had complained of one she'd probably have said, "Oh Timmy! The virgin Mary won't know which way to look!".

The meaning conveyed was "I'm mildly sympathetic but it is your own fault".
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Rorschach » 12 Feb 2020, 12:44

Tom Waits For No One wrote:
Rorschach wrote:...my mum used to say, "This isn't getting the baby a new bonnet." ...



Similar to "This isn't getting the baby bathed"


Which I've also never heard before but certainly seems to be the same expression.
Googling it, my version gets a mere 5 hits while yours gets a massive 60.
Not very common, are they.
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Postby Deebank » 12 Feb 2020, 12:45

Samoan wrote:Mum had an expression "giving out the pay" on occasions which meant having a rant at someone, for example, "Mrs Shaw was giving out the pay to the milkman this morning for overcharging her."

I had a google as to it's meaning/origins and it's quite an Irish thing -

https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/giving-out-irish-style/


Presumably now shortenned to 'Giving out', which I hear a lot from my Irish colleagues.
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Rorschach » 12 Feb 2020, 12:47

Flower wrote:... "If you eat the ends of the bread or the last piece of anything, you will be old maids." :lol:

Being an old maid was not a threat to a five year old ...


Not heard that one but my mum used to day that we should eat our burnt toast, i.e. the toast that she had burnt, because it would give us curly hair.
What five year old wants curly hair?
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Rorschach » 12 Feb 2020, 12:55

KeithPratt wrote:My mum said things like "I'll have your guts for garters" ...


We had that one too. I think it was quite popular back in the day but seems to be less common now (though this site claims otherwise: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-hav1.htm).

I also used to hear, "I'll swing for you" quite a lot, though not in my family. I always thought it meant someone would take a swing at the object of their ire, and I was oddly pleased when I realised what it really meant.
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Re: Things your mother used to say

Postby Rorschach » 12 Feb 2020, 14:24

Minnie the Minx wrote:At dinner table:
Mum there’s a caterpillar in the cabbage!

Eat it

I don’t want it!

When I was in the camp I ATE CATERPILLARS!

I’m not in a camp mum!

Oh I’ll eat it GIVE IT HERE!!!


*substitute ‘slug, worm, fly, beetle for caterpillar to cover all similar mealtimes*


We only had caterpillars on holy days.

But the really striking thing is, "When I was in the camp...". I don't want to be indelicate but, what camp would that be?
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