Friday, August 9, 2013

Reminiscing About Old Sayings


Putting hubby's lunch together this morning, I thought of how soon I'll be doing that for school too. I was thinking how happy I am that my kids actually LIKE school, and right away I heard my mother's voice saying, "School is not for fun. If you have fun, that's great, but that's not the primary function of school."

That got me thinking of other sayings her and my grandparents would say, and these came to mind:

Birds of a feather flock together.
Pretty is as pretty does.
Beauty is only skin deep.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Too many cooks in the kitchen!
You have to take that with a grain of salt
One bad apple can spoil the bunch.
High on the hog
Wet behind the ears
Katie bar the door!
Practice makes perfect.
Do as I say, not as I do
Early to bed and early to rise
Early bird gets the worm.
Cat got your tongue?
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
There's more than one way to skin a cat
Close only counts in horseshoes
Close, but no cigar
What's good for the goose...
While Mama's away, the cat will play.
Patience is a virtue.
Where there's smoke, there's fire
Driving me up the wall
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
If the shoe fits...
You've made your bed, now you have to lie in it.
No use crying over the spilled milk.
Let's go! Hut! Hut! Hut!
Stop making a mountain out of a molehill
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Waste not, want not.
Age before beauty
Were you born in a barn?
Over the hill.
You scratch my back...and I'll scratch yours.
Wish in one hand, want in the other
The squeaky wheel gets the oil.
You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar
Beggars can't be choosers.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
A leopard can't change his spots.
Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words will never hurt you.
It ain't over, 'til the fat lady sings.

Every single one of those phrases, and probably tons more were said in my home fairly often. There were some others my grandfather said that I won't share. ;)

Do you remember tons of old sayings being uttered in your home growing up?  Do you have any of your own that you use?  Seems like using old phrases/sayings is going by the wayside, but maybe they're just so common to me that I don't even notice using them.  I'll have to ask the kids. ;)

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  1. Hi Rosy .. yes all of them .. Waste not want not is my motto now ..

    Good sayings and I'm so pleased the kids like and enjoy school - they'll learn so much .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I liked school too.

      Happy to see you, Hilary. :)

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  2. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.....

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  3. I remember all of these and still say a few of them. I usually just say "it is what it is". I'm not sure where that one comes from but it seems to cover a lot of topics.

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    1. That one was in our house too, I think I do say that one from time to time. :)

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  4. Great walk down memory lane and my favorite on that list is Too Many Cooks, because my grandmother used to say it all the time when we were growing up!! :)

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    1. In our house that meant, 'I love you, now skedaddle!' :)

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    1. Me too, I like thinking back to when I was a kid sometimes. :) Thanks for the visit.

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    1. I keep thinking of them, but the list is already too long to add to the post, hahaha. Amazing what our brain stores up, isn't it? :)

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    1. That's going to be what our kids remember, "LOL" "ROFL" LMS (I think that's the acronym for 'like my status'). hahahaha

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  8. I don't use sayings very often. My oldest takes things very literally, so he always has a hard time getting them :-)

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    1. Ha, I remember saying 'Birds of a Feather' to my daughter about an acquaintance of hers who wasn't towing the line (ha, there's another one). I wanted her to be aware that you are associated with the bad behavior of others you hang with, and she looked at me with a scrunched up face and said, "What?!??!" lolol

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  9. It was fun reading through these.

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    1. I can't read through them again, my mind was swimming with old sayings all morning, lol. It's finally focused on my work now... where I suppose it should be (though it's more fun thinking of sayings from the past). :)

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  10. I have heard most of those... one I have always heard is One Hand Washes The Other.

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    1. I've heard that one. :)

      Some of the old sayings I didn't 'get' until I was older, like 'a stitch in time saves nine.' :)

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  11. haha there are about 3 on that list I've never heard. The rest were all used in my house to. Alng with can't hit the broad side of a barn, go piss up a rope and go pound sand up your a** ...I like the last two, of course you could guess that.

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    1. The aforementioned grandfather has acquainted me with those sayings as well. ;) I believe your puppet and I had similar grandfather's. lol

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  12. I remember most of these sayings and they were used while I was growing up often. Thanks for the lovely reminder.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. I know my husband says, 'Oh, that's rich,' and I haven't heard that elsewhere except in my youth. Just for grins, (lol!) I'm going to pay attention and see what others we might say that I'm not noticing. :)

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  13. My mother used a lot of the same sayings :) It seems that a lot of the old sayings, letter writing etc have become things of the past, which is too bad. There is something great about language and writing that connects us to the past.

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    1. Agreed, I'm not convinced that electronic preservation is going to be as reliable as many are hoping.

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  14. Here are a few more for you...

    "Careful, or your face will freeze that way."

    "Use your head for something other than a hat rack."

    "I brought you into this world, and I can take you right back out!"

    "A nickel saved is a nickel earned."

    Great list!!!

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    1. Hah! Everyone used to tell me my face was going to freeze that way, lol. Can't believe I forgot that one. :)

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  15. My mom used, "Kill two birds with one stone." I'm a multi-tasker so I use myself. I'll have to say that in front of Christopher and see what he says.

    I thought I'd leave you with this funny where I had Christopher finish the sentence:
    http://kenyagjohnson.com/blog/2012/4/27/proverbs-idioms.html

    Not this particular post but on another he finished the sentence, "A leopard can't change it's speed."

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    1. My family said the stone one too. :)

      Headed over to visit your link!

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  16. Wow, you compiled a long list! That's so awesome. It does seem like these sayings are going by the wayside.

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    1. I can't even think of new ones that are circulating, but I bet there are some. :)

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  17. What a list! Don't you think they all apply?
    Btw, thank you for stopping by at my blog! :)

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  18. Haha, Id like to hear what grandpa used to say! My daughter used to have a kids book that explained the origins of a lot of those sayings. It was a very interesting book!

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    1. I've seen something like that too, but I can't remember where, and you're right, it was neat. :)

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  19. It is a small world Rosey! So many of the sayings above I have heard in my home and over here. I see some new ones. I am fascinated by the one that says "The squeaky wheel gets the oil!" Let me see if I can remember some - "Never judge a book by its cover" and "A picture is worth a thousand words." Very interesting post! Enjoy the rest of your day.

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    1. Both of your sayings are true! And I've heard those too. :)

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  20. ha. yes these are funny and interesting....idioms are fun...most of these i had heard but not all...i like the wish in one hand want in another....

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    1. I didn't like it when I would ask for something for Christmas, hahahahaha

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  21. Fun things to remember! I believe learning should be fun, though! You learn so much more if you're enjoying it. ;)
    I'm co-hosting the Bloglovin' hop and now following you. Great to connect with you!

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  22. Oh yes! These are all quite familiar! Mum used to say" a stitch in nine saves time".. So that's probably why I still ask her to help me darn mY clothes haha

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. That was one that baffled me forever when I was a kid, and I sewed w/my grandmother, so no way it should have!! :)

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  23. lol, as soon as i started reading your list, all the thoughts in my head went away... lol...

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    1. I kept thinking of sayings all day long yesterday, lol

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  24. I bet your kids think you use some! We probably all use them without thought.

    The early bird may get rewarded, but the early worm just gets it.

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    1. Ah, I never thought of it from the perspective of the poor worm. ;)

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  25. My mom always said "I ain't heating the outdoors!" Never got that saying until I was older and had to pay the heating bills!

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    1. I got that too, and never understood the preoccupation w/utility bills. I get it now. ;)

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  26. Oh yes, I've heard (and still do hear) many of those...even to this day and, especially, when I go back to visit my parents.

    Something my dad used to always say to me, besides "Follow the money" (in regards to politics)was "You can't snow the snowman." Meaning, you can't con a con artist...

    He'd say that when he thought I was trying to get away with something, lol.

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    1. My husband says 'you can't con a con' to the teen. ;)

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    1. Tons were going through my head after writing that post yesterday. I didn't add them though, that list was long enough. ;)

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  28. I use them ALL the time, my fave is stop carrying on like a 2 bob watch...and I was born after the $dollar came in lol

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    1. I haven't heard that one. All day long I kept thinking of sayings, eesh, did my family even speak normal??? :)

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  29. Yep. I heard them all, along with the one about "kicking the bucket."

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    1. Oh yeah, you hear so many things about the 'bucket list' that I forgot about 'kicking the bucket.' :)

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  30. My favorite that I use still - pretty is as pretty does!

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  31. I can't recall how many times I've heard those said to me over the years. Those are nuggets of wisdom we take with us well into our adulthood.

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    1. I heard myself telling the kids not to 'count their chickens' today. :)

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  32. Love those! I never heard "wish in one hand..want in the other" (but I plan on saying it frequently now!!)

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    1. LOL, that was one of those ones you DON'T want to hear when you're a kid. ;)

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