But first, an announcement...
(Just had to share. Onward!)
Well. The child got in a final whine, picked up the four books her mom allowed her, was told to thank the nice book lady, mom paid and off they went.
I'd never heard that admonishment, "act like you got some raising," and it got me to recalling some my folks used on me and my sister. The first one that sprung to mind was "Use your head for something besides growing hair."
I asked the MOTH-BNTB what phrases his parents frequently directed at him when he was a kid. He had a couple, not all shareable because of his father's, er, colorful verbiage (it would seem that my MOTH was a vexing young man :-)), but this one I can share:
"And if your friends told you to jump off a bridge, would you do that too?!"
~~ I had to go around my elbow to get to my thumb (doing something the hard way when it should be simple)
~~You'ns better be comin' to Sunday supper
~~Well aint she biggety lately!
Us'ns'll be there!
~~The Lord don't like ugly (what you did was wrong)
~~I'll knock you so hard you'll see tomorrow today
~~Knee baby (next to the youngest child in the family)
~~Well, if that don't put pepper in the gumbo!
~~If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride
(part of an old proverb that ended up as a Mother Goose rhyme. It means that wishing for something is useless; if wishing for something made it happen, even the poorest people would have everything they want)
Louisiana Cajun French:
~~Lache pas la patate (pronounced, Losh pa la pa tot, literally, Don't let go of the potato = don't give up)
~~"Whatcha doing, you?" (it's common to hear pronouns repeated at the beginning or end of sentences)
~~Sa c'est bette - That's silly/stupid.
~~Sa c'est fou - That's crazy!
~~Foo-yuz- (describes a baby that gets into everything. "I had to put child locks on all my cabinet doors because that baby is foo-yuz!")
Grandson, Eric with our German shepherd Jena a few years ago....hard to tell who's talking who out of opening those drawers!
~~ "make groceries" (going to the store for groceries)
~~How ya'll are?
~~going "to the house" (instead of going home)
~~"Where ya stay at?" (where do you live?)
~~"Where y'at?" (how are you?)
From a Texan roommate:
~~She's tighter than bark on a tree (won't spend money)
~~That's tellin' him how the cow ate the cabbage (telling someone a truth they don't want to hear)
~~ (after she survived rush hour traffic she'd say): I feel like a gnat in a hail storm.
~~ It's blacker than midnight under a skillet
(Note: to speak New Englander it's important that you don't say the 'r' in words that have them and add an 'r' to words that don't)
~~What a chowdahead! - (boy is he/she stupid)
~~Jeezum crow - (exclamation of frustration or emphasis)
~~ Heats ya twice - (chopping wood for a fire then sitting in front of it once it's blazing)