Thursday, January 17, 2008

Say What?

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**Updated to add a few more.

I have seen something like this on a few blogs, so I thought I would join in. These are some of the oft repeated sayings that you might hear at our house if you come for a visit.

"What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?" We say this whenever someone brings something up that has absolutely nothing to do with the conversation in progress.

"Out the Wah-Zoo" This means there is an awful lot of something, as in, "This year our pecan trees are producing out the Wah-Zoo."

"Like all get out" meaning with great intensity, as in "Ouch! Pitocin hurts like all get out!"

"It's better than a kick in the pants." This means that something is, well, better than being kicked in the posterior. "We only made $17 at our garage sale, but it's better than a kick in the pants." We like to look at the bright side of things.

"Mornin' Miz Moody! Fine mornin' ain't it?" My kids say this to me often, and our last name isn't even Moody! It is from Man of the Family by Ralph Moody, an excellent book.

"Whatchamacallit, Thingamajig, and Doohickey" My husband uses these very descriptive terms to refer to any number of things in his memory. I, like any good wife, using mental telepathy, instinctively know what he means.

"Speaking wife" Referring to the language my husband and I speak. (See above.) He will often comment that one of his employees doesn't speak wife and therefore could not produce the result he had asked for earlier in the day.

"No speakie da Engleesh." My kids will use this when they are trying to get out of a chore I have asked them to do. Darling little cherubs.

"You are my favorite (but don't tell the other kids)." I say this in a loud whisper to each child in turn. They always giggle and one of the others will protest, "You said I was!"

"Well! I never!!" Someone says this to feign shock and is always answered with, "Maybe you should sometime."

"I don't care if it hairlips the governor!" My mother used to say this to mean that nothing would change her mind, as in when we wanted to do something all of the other kids were doing. "I don't care if it hairlips the governor, you are NOT going to that party!" If it was something really important she wouldn't even care if it hairlipped the PRESIDENT! I know! Scandalous!

This next one is not for the faint of heart. All of you delicate types should avert your eyes right now. Are they gone? Okay, this is one that my husband told me years ago, "Stick with me, kid, and you'll be fartin' through silk." For the record, my husband is the only one who says this. I do NOT condone that type of crude language, but it cracks me up whenever he says it, so I'm including it here. Plus, every time I look at the gen-u-wine velour upholstery in our second hand 15 passenger van, I think, "Honey, you were SO right! We are livin' in high cotton, the good life, in the lap of luxury. You da man!"

Okay, now it's your turn. What are some often heard phrases around your house?


Lora Lynn said...

"I'm doooo-oooone!" I leave it to you to guess what the three year olds mean.

"Use your words." My husband to me when I am having trouble completing a thought. Which is 95% of the time.

Julie said...

"Stop, boy!" My husband and I have said this so much that even the 22 month old, who we are usually telling this to, is now saying it.

Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks said...

Lora Lynn, My 3 yr. old does the same thing, only slightly more descriptive.

Julie, Our toddler tells her baby dolls, "Don't do that any more!"

Michelle said...

Here's our list:

"I know you're talking, but all I hear is blah, blah, blah" Used when trying to avoid a conversation.

"Yur a crack monkey" as in you have no idea what you're talking about. We've had to quit saying this because the 5yo picked it and called daddy a crack monkey. Not good.

"Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis" obiviously from the old sitcom Different Strokes. I didn't realize so many people used this phrase until I saw another blogger post about it. Too funny.

I must stop here...we could go on all day long with this one!

Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks said...

Oh, Michelle, you just reminded me that we say the Willis one, too. Funny!

Thehotrod5 said...

Well let me see if I can show you how redneckie we are lol....

"Well GOOD NIGHT!" and "GOOD GRAVY!" both meant as in "you ate an entire tub of Play Doh???? GOOD NIGHT!" Or GOOD GRAVY! Whichever you prefer...

"you're a cheeky little mokney eh?"
When someone gets a little "snippy" around our house..

"I'm busier than a one legged man in a butt kicken contest" lol..always one of my favorites....


Thehotrod5 said...

Oh yeah and I forgot the kids favorite...
"Jo-MAMA!" lol

Sheila said...

My kids are often known to come in the kitchen complaining that they're "STARVING!" To which I reply, in a gravelly voice, "...and we ain't had nothin' but maggoty bread for three stinking DAYS!" (For those of you in Rio Linda, that's a quote from LOTR.) :)
Also, I often remind my husband: "Words mean things." Self-explanatory.

Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks said...

Angela, We say, "Goodnight NURSE!" I'm not even sure what it means except that it is called for in situations when "GOOD NIGHT!" or "GOOD GRAVY" isn't strong enough.

Sheila, I'm cracking up at the Rio Linda comment. We love us some Rush!

Holly said...

Connie, You are crackin' me up! :)

(Hey...Sheila is my buddy from college!)

I am in a hurry, so can't think of anything right now....but I'll be thinkin'...I'll be thinkin'!

p.s. We love us some Rush AND some Hannity too.

Kara said...

Oh boy, now it's getting political:) I just wanted to add my two cents worth...
Stop sippin that haterade (this is especially good when dealing with bullies)
What, What, Chicken butt ever seen one on an elephant?
This is a the response given when someone is "hard" of hearing and keeps asking what. (This is from my Dad's collection)

Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks said...

Kara, I am going to try to work the "haterade" one into my conversation this week. You don't think people will think I'm weird do you? About the "What, What".....huh?

MamaJ said...

Ha, we use the "Willis" one too. But the 4yo mixes some consonants up, so he says, "Whatcha talking 'bout Lewis?"

He also calls a Hummer a "Kummer," so we all call them Kummers.

"howdy howdy." this is from an elderly greeter at a grocery store we used to go to.

"Why does the baby have that??" self-explanatory.

"Bumble Jumble Lumble and Cumble." Said mocking all the Attorney commercials on tv.

"I do not like them, Sam I Am."

"What are you doing out in the rain?" said with a Scottish accent like Liam Neeson in the movie Nell.

Anonymous said...

I had NO idea we were so much alike!?? :)

We use a lot of these same phrases. We say "Better than a kick in the pants with a frozen mukluk". That's the Alaskan version.

And I confess, a lot of our other sayings come from Seinfeld. When someone sneezes we usually say "You're SO good lookin'!"

Anonymous said...

oops. That was me!

Michelle said...

Okay, remembered another one after hubby said this one to me tonite...

"Well knock me over Mama!" This is what you say when you accidentally bump into someone.

Years ago when I worked as a cashier, a little old man and lady came through my line. She accidentally hit the back of his heels with the cart and that pharase is what he yelled back at her. I nearly passed out trying not to laugh. Anyway, it has found its way into our vocabulary for the last 12 years!

BTW, there are instuctions in the comment section of my blog on how to get yourself a Fred button. :)

Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks said...

Y'all may be almost as weird as we are!

Anonymous said...

This post is too fun! I normally only lurk (uh, um, I mean stalk) and never comment, but I can't resist.

We definately use the Seinfeld
"You are so good-looking" when someone sneezes.

From an recent cable commercial "Sorry Roger, you tiger now", meaning, it doesn't matter what you say, you're stuck in that situation. Deal with it!

Probably our most often used phrase is "Yabbit" as in the kids saying Yeah, but....
Immediately the riffles come out and we're "Yabbit" hunting. Then we serve "French Fried Yabbit tracks and wind pudding" for dinner.

Julie P

Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks said...

I must have missed that Seinfeld. We just say, "Cover your mouth!"

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Anonymous said...

I loved this post - too funny!! We've got one in Scotland for describing a grumpy person's face..."they looked like a bulldog chewing a wasp"! Love your blog,

Tina xx

Sheila said...

I must add a comment on the "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?!" I have a friend who always said that and wanted to teach my 3-year-old to say it. His version? A very clear and precise, "What are you talking about, Willis?" Way too hilarious, and we still say it that way today, four years later.

Anonymous said...

'I'll jerk a knot in your tail that a dress won't hide' said as a final stop-it right-now warning.

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