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Thread: What is your favorite old "saying"?

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    Senior Member Becky Mc's Avatar
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    Don't Know if it is a saying but my granny had this little picture hanging in her hall and I now have it and it says....

    As you ramble on though life brother what ever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole.

    it is old has some strange looking guys on each side one with a doughnut and the other with a big hole. They kinda look like court jesters.

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    In my family, that molasses was running uphill in January, but my favorite , after I had my own children, was this, "you can't put old heads on young shoulders". Boy, if that isn't just true. And PS, I also remember the slop bucket, or Grandma called it a slop jar.

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    "Smoke follows beauty"...I have no idea what it means other than it kept me carrying firewood until the lard or tallow was all rendered.

    "Don't buy a pig in a poke."

    "Wind from the east is fit for man nor beast."

    "If you can't say something nice, say nothing at all."...That was a golden rule with Grandma and she meant it.

    We all dreaded this one, "Fetch me a green switch."

    "Stupid is as stupid does." I'd never heard the pretty one before.

    "He's whistling in the graveyard."...Bluffing to hide his fear.

    "You're barking up the wrong tree."...Doing something wrong, looking in the wrong place, blaming the wrong person, etc.

    "That dog won't hunt."---You're lying or whatever you're trying to do won't work or whomever they're discussing is worthless/lazy.

    "You're wasting daylight."...Normally said to teenagers that need to do outside chores before it gets dark. I use this with my son on the day before trash pickup all the time. We're about 500 feet back from the curb and it's dark at the end of the driveway.

    "A stitch in time saves nine." Grandma and Great-Grandma both used this one alot. Grandma had 13 kids so she and her mom were always mending something for one of them or one of us "older" grandkids. We were supposed to immediately take off the slightly damaged item and put it in the mending basket and if you didn't and allowed it to get worse, you would hear, "Stupid is as stupid does." If you had been previously told to put something in the mending basket and didn't; you might hear the dreaded, "Fetch me a green switch."

    I'm sure I'll think of many more while I'm trying to sleep tonight.--LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanie2
    My favorite has always been "Patience is a Virtue".
    Last year I found myself often saying "It is what it is."
    Mine is Patience is a virtue and today you're making me work for it!

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    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!


    Like Mother, Like Daughter!

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    Make sure your words are as sweet as honey you may have to eat them.

    Your face is going to stay like that.

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    Ain't had so much fun since the day the pigs ate little brother.

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    the sun don't shine on the same dogs a-- all the time Barb

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    My Grannys 102 year old friend would say "a scaly sky never leaves the earth dry". I always think of her when the sky looks "scaly".

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    I just had to add to this one, I had a science teacher who always told us to change our diapers!

    Opinions are like ____holes, everyone has one!

    Sometimes in life you are going to have to do what you don't want to do, that just makes the times when we are doing the things we want to do all the better.

    Don't wear your behind on your shoulders!

    If you were truly sorry you would not of done it in the first place.

    It is better to say nothing and have them think you are stupid then to open your mouth and prove them right.

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    OH yea...

    So how does it feel to want?
    or..

    People in hell want ice water.

    Cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it!

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    my dad use to say --use your head and you won't have to use your feet mom use to say-- A skunk don't change his strip over night.
    Some people just don't have there head screwed on right.

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    This to shall pass.

    Do as I say, not as I do.

    Oh well, it's water over the dam now.

    He couldn't pour pee out of a boot with the instructions on the heel.

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    Don't be a fair weather friend.

    Mom- (when we were in her way)You make a better door than a window.

    Birds of a feather flock together.

    Dad- It's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

    My kids used to laugh when I blamed all their issues on "raging hormones"
    Also when I called them hooligans hahaha

    Get the lead out! ( hurry up)

    It is was it is ( that's true!!!)

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    Our elderly aunt from Maine would say
    "I haven't had that since Christ wore knee highs"!
    My dad "Niether a borrower nor a lender be".

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    My mom always said, "You only get out of something what you put into it."

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    My mom used to get bothered at us when we would ask what we were having for dinner. She would always say 'Leftovers for kitchen meddlers." Didn't know what she was really saying till I got older. The the oldest one "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free." When the moon is holding water, the fishing is good. If you see a hawk sitting on the side of the road, fishing isn't good.

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    I LOVE all of these sayings... all of mine have already been listed :D:D:D

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    One thing I will never forget that my Dad used to say was if something or someone looked really nice he would say "you look just like a hundred miles of good paved road!!!"

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    If your going to do something do it right. My DH husband said that is mother would ask "If your sister jumped off a bridge would you?" One of my favorites that my Dad says is "You sure scrub up good" when he sees someone dressed up that does not normally do so.

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    My mom worked in the mines with hard core men and she learned to talk the talk and walk the walk’
    One of her sayings was “It’s colder than a well diggers ass” and “ Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out” See no evil hear no evil Don’t get bent out of shape Sleep tight don’t let the bugs bite

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    When my 3 DGD start fussing my DSIL tells them Cowboy up or go sit in the truck!
    My DD says I have to pee like a race horse.
    If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, than it must be a duck
    If its not broke don't fix it
    My grandmothers all time favorit Bless(his,her, there, it's) heart! The meaning was dependent on how she said it.

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    older than dirt

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    Mom:
    When the kids finished eating: Magies vol, ogies toe!
    (little tummies full, little eyes close)
    When cleaning or doing dishes, and everyone helps: Vele hande maak ligte werk!
    (Many hands makes for light work.)
    When you give Mom lip: Jou mond gaan maak dat jou [email protected] slae kry!
    (Your mouth is going to get your a$$ whipped.)
    and
    my DH favorite is: There is no pills for stupidity.

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    From my Grandmother: Be good and you'll always be happy.

    From my Mother: Never empty handed to the kitchen go. (If there is something that should be taken and put away from one room to another, do it!)

    From Me: I only chew my cabbage once. (Listen the first time - I do not repeat myself!!!!!!!!)

    From my Husband: Old age hurts!

    From our Son: It is what it is! (It's true!)

    Edie

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