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Things your mother said!

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Mycatisahacker Fri 01-Feb-19 10:15:35

On the back of the snow thread and I said my mum always said ‘it’s too cold to snow’

Other gems were ‘pride must be pinched’ as she vigorously brushed my hair.

‘Keep your hand off your holiday money’ no idea what that meant but think slightly rude.

Colds could obviously be caught by going out in a jacket and heels rather than a coat and flats grin

‘Feed a cold starve a fever’

‘Sit with your back to the fire and you will be sick’

What did your mum say?

Nannylovesshopping Fri 01-Feb-19 10:18:26

Have you got your vest on? She was still saying it when I was in my forties when she died.

Anniebach Fri 01-Feb-19 10:34:08

My mother asked me if I was wearing a vest even when in my fifties .

One thing which never made sense to me when talking of things going on with people we knew - ‘she/ he is no better than they ought to be ‘ , wish I had asked what she meant

KatyK Fri 01-Feb-19 11:06:21

'Do you want a slap?' Erm..... obviously not! 'Stop crying or I'll give you something to cry about'.

BlueBelle Fri 01-Feb-19 11:13:56

When my 50ish daughter ( who doesn’t live with me ) was heading home the other day I automatically said ‘ have you got your keys’ the look I got was enough 😂

I did have a wake up generational call yesterday when talking to my grandson about job nterviews and I said ‘ well a bird in the hands worth two in the Bush. I wish I had a picture of his face which showed a what the f expression he had never heard it used before and being a fairly black and white thinker was trying hard to process what jobs had to do with bushes and birds !!!

Floradora9 Fri 01-Feb-19 11:17:02

Every time I thread a needle and can hear my mother saying " thread me a needle please and not a dagger " I used to pick too large needles.

GrandmaMoira Fri 01-Feb-19 11:18:27

My mother used to say "no peace for the wicked" which often comes to mind when I have too much to do.
"Good things come in small parcels" referred to the fact that she was small.

Auntieflo Fri 01-Feb-19 12:09:59

Floradora9. the mother of a friend used to say a similar thing about sewing needles, asking her why she used a hedgestake instead of a smaller needle!
Mum used to say we’d get piles sitting on a cold pavement. (Didn’t know what they were then)

GrannyGravy13 Fri 01-Feb-19 12:17:08

Mum and Maternal Gran both said, “make sure you always have clean matching underwear, you never know when you will be run over by a bus”?
To this day I cannot wear undies that do not match!!

DoraMarr Fri 01-Feb-19 12:26:14

My grandmother used to say, of a singer she didn’t like, “Hark at him, singing his instrels out.” I think it was a elision of “entrails” and “minstrels.”
My mother used to sing AT us when she was cross: I don’t think anyone could sing “You are my sunshine” with more venom.

sodapop Fri 01-Feb-19 12:31:24

I remember being asked if I wanted a smack as well KatyK there is no answer to that is there?
My daughter told me before she had any children that she would not say the same things to them I said to her. After she had the children she said she just heard the words coming out of her mouth. !!
"Will you frame" was another saying from my exasperated mother. God doesn't pay his debts in money was another.

Liz46 Fri 01-Feb-19 12:35:13

'A little of what you fancy does you good'. She lived to be 95 so she may have been right.

Mamissimo Fri 01-Feb-19 12:40:31

“If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all”
“Do as you would be done by”
“And you can wipe that look off your face”
She was an old-school teacher!

Charleygirl5 Fri 01-Feb-19 12:42:19

My mother used to say exactly what KatyK's mother said as well as what would happen if I did not stop crying.

Sometimes it would be too warm for snow, others it was too cold.

My underwear did not have to be matching, only clean in case I was run over by a bus.

I also was likely to get piles sitting on anything cold like a pavement. She was a trained nurse so where she picked up that rubbish I have no idea.

I was forced to eat all of my food and if I did not want it, which was fairly frequent, I was told that there were children in Africa starving so I would say, send it to them.

Mamissimo Fri 01-Feb-19 12:43:53

Ooh I forgot the most sneaky one - if she thought I might have been up to something she would look me straight in the eye and say “do you have anything you want to share with me?” This was delivered with steely menace and I always ‘fessed up immediately. In her later life she confessed that it was her favourite game!

MissAdventure Fri 01-Feb-19 12:44:17

"You'll be laughing on the other side of your face in a minute!"
"I'm not as green as I'm cabbage looking".

TerriBull Fri 01-Feb-19 13:19:27

When I fell off my bike and chipped a front tooth "Oh dear you won't be able to be an air hostess now" my cousin was one, not that I had any ambitions in that direction at 7 years old hmm I coveted the hat though the only reason I joined the Guides after Brownies the hat resembled those worn by BOAC at the time grin

"For heaven's sake marry a man who can put up shelves" (apropos of my father's non existent DIY skills grin

"Pick up your feet" me returning from school apparently she could hear my clip clopping from afar

During my teens as I was rushing out the door "you can't live on coke, crips and chocolate, you need to come home and eat a proper meal"
Also in my teens "will you stop leaving banana skins and apple cores around your bedroom and I know it's a strange concept but have you considered hanging your clothes up in the wardrobe instead of leaving them in piles around the floor,?when I go in there, it makes me shudder, I have to come out again quickly" How those words resounded when my children hit the same age.

Always heard muttering after one of us called out "muuuum" "I'm going to change my name"

travelsafar Fri 01-Feb-19 13:19:40

My mun used to say 'if the wind turns you'll stay looking like that' when i cried or moaned about anything,the other saying was 'you've a face like a cat's bum turned inside out!!!

shysal Fri 01-Feb-19 13:21:08

The main ones which comes to mind are 'You have to suffer to be beautiful' and 'if you don't wear a roll-on your tummy muscles will become flabby'
The 'if you can't say anything nice ' one I had to say to my mother when she was in hospital and was rude to the nurses. Next time I visited she sat tight-lipped and said not a word!

Izabella Fri 01-Feb-19 13:49:23

That one took me back MissAgrin

agnurse Fri 01-Feb-19 14:06:09

Mine used to say when we were fighting: "I don't care who STARTED it, and I don't care whose FAULT IT IS, and I don't care who FINISHED it."

Tweedle24 Fri 01-Feb-19 14:13:42

When mother could see something I was frantically searching for, she would say, “It would bite bite you if it had a tongue,”. Still can’t quite get my head around that one.

Urmstongran Fri 01-Feb-19 14:13:58

My mum when joking with someone who she would owe money to for getting her something used to say ‘I’ll see you straight when I get my new glasses’.

And in a taxi used to say to the taxi driver as we turned into her road ‘its the one with the dirty curtains’! (Not)

On her way to do some ironing ‘I’m off to a board meeting’.

NannyJan53 Fri 01-Feb-19 14:14:19

Mum used to say, when looking in the mirror. 'I look like the wreck of the Hesperus' . Took me a while to realise what she meant.

Also, if a job was being done, she always wanted it done properly, and used to say, 'Don't spoil the ship for a H'porth of tar'

KatyK Fri 01-Feb-19 14:23:14

Some of these bring back so many memories! Some more were 'if you swallow chewing gum it will stick to your heart and you'll die', 'if you don't wash your ears, you will have potatoes growing in them'