Post # 31
Haha this thread is delightful. I miss my grandmas 🙁
One Grandma: “Getting old is the shits” and variations of the same.
This isn’t really a saying, but my other grandma didn’t meet my husband until a few days before she passed away. She couldn’t sit up or speak very much and was only intermittently lucid, but when I introduced my then fiance she goes “Oh my, he’s very, very, very… (lonnng pause to take deep breath) VERY handsome”
Post # 32
I know this might be more common of a saying, but my grandma always says “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!” I said it once to D.H and he looked at me like I was crazy, he had no idea what it meant haha.
Post # 33
My grandma would say “you’re as cute as a speckled pup” or “as cute as a bug’s ear.”
She would also threaten to “pinch your little head off” if you misbehaved.
Post # 34
Ironically, I have a wedding-related saying from one of my grandmothers. She said “marry someone you enjoy talking to, because someday it’s all you have.” Some of the best pre-wedding advice I got, too.
I’ll think of some funny ones in a few minutes, I’m sure.
Post # 35
“Oh, go soak your head” as an old timey, jokey way to tell someone to screw off. I still use this one from time to time
My grandmother was devoutly Catholic, and one of the most memorable sayings of hers was “God gotcha!” It was reserved for those situations when my sisters and I got unruly and something happened to put us in our place without human intervention. So when we were told not to run, and we took off in a dead sprint the second we’re around the corner and trip, or smart off and turn around only to run face first into a wall- “God gotcha!”
Post # 36
that’s a really common Italian saying. My grandparents said it too but in Italian 😂
Post # 37
”Oh do stop complaining. When I was a nurse in the war I had to amputate a mans leg off with a saw while he was awake and he didn’t complain”.
My grandma used to casually drop graphic war time stories at the most random moments.
RIP grandma! I loved her so much
Post # 38
I never met her, but it’s infamous that my great great grandmother used to say,”Pass the meat, darn the skin, open up, and cram it in!”
We’re a classy bunch. 😂
Post # 39
avprobeauty : if you eat to much sweets your eyes will glue shut.. and also if you say bad words your tongue will be hairy! 😨😂
Post # 40
My grandmom died when I was 2, but one of the things my mom told me she used to say was :
“If men had babies, there would be ONE in every family”
Post # 41
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
I love this thread so much! I lost my gram last year and miss her so much. Thinking about some of the phrases she used to say makes me smile 🙂 She was originally from Alabama but moved up to NY after she graduated from high school, so some of these things I think might be quirky southern phrases!
- “Knee high to a duck” to call someone short
- “Not big as a minute” small
- “Colder than a witch’s behind”
- “Quicker than 2 shakes of a duck’s butt”
- “If it ain’t broke, don’t break it.”
Those are just off the top of my head. There were so many more! Always had a good laugh with my gram.
Yeah my mom will say “He must have lost his cotton picking mind!” We’re black though, and my grandma did actually come from a family of sharecroppers. I would feel some type of way if a white person said it to me though and I don’t use the phrase.
Post # 42
My maternal grandma is still alive and recently moved to Florida to live with my uncle. When people would ask her why she was moving she would say “the weather here sucks!”. We live in the Midwest and have all 4 seasons, and true the weather can suck, but I always thought it was funny to see a 5′, 100lb fiesty lady have such a potty mouth.
One of her other favorite phrases was “who put the nickels in you?”, meaning what made you excited or wound up about something.
She used to say “fiddle faddle” when she knew you were fibbing about something.
Someone that was a faker or show off was a “phoney baloney”.
My grandmother is still quite young at heart. She has an iPhone and texts all the time, except she doesn’t always catch the auto correct so sometimes I have to try to decipher what she’s trying to say.
She also used to check her calendar if someone asked if she was available and say “it doesn’t say I’m going to meet the maker today so I guess I’m available”.
Post # 43
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Both my paternal grandparents are still alive (89 and 90).
If you did something sneaky a menacing laugh and “Ho ho ho… the shadow knows” from that old-timey radio show.
“By cracky” is his equivalent of “well I’ll be.”
If you’re not behaving: “Get over here and let me jerk a knot in your tail.”
In cold weather: “It’s colder than a witch’s titty.”
Pants = britches
Grandma whenever I did something unlady like, “tsk tsk tsk… such a girl, such a girl.”
When something doesn’t go as planned: “que sera, sera” (she doesn’t know it’s actually Spanish)
When you ask her how it’s going, “Same shit different day.”
Notorious for telling the joke’s punchline first then asking my grandpa, “how does that one go?”
D.H’s grandma if she doesn’t believe you or is frustrated: “Bologna and cat hair!” (she said she put 2 gross things that don’t go together, together)
Post # 44
lmao now that I think of it, Bobcia used to say champagne like cham-pag-nuh
Post # 45
If I ate too many sweets (which was regularly) my grandma and poppa would tell me “you are going to catch the sugar” which as a kid I thought was great. I always wondered why that was a bad thing lol, I thought “catching sugar” sounded like a good thing and couldn’t understand why they said it in an ominous tone.
My grandma also always referred to the couch as a Davenport.