Let's Talk About Those Cliches

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  1. Von Jones

    Von Jones Very Well-Known Member
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    I thought this would be an interesting topic. Remembering the cliches that we grew up hearing and how we may or may not have carried them on through our adult lives. I'll start...

    I have always been an earlier riser. I remember when I first heard 'The early bird catches the worm.' I never understood how my getting up earlier would help me catch a worm that I didn't even like back then but somehow that saying fit me pretty well and it has been one of my favorite cliches.
     
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    "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"

    I've always been an early to bed and early to rise person. I've enjoyed good health too. I don't know why I missed out on the other two.
     
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    I told my dad once that he could have my worm.
     
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    Be still, or I'll really give you something to cry about.
    This always worked for Mom.
     
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    "You've got another think coming."
     
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    "If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you, too?"

    "You can't have your cake and eat it too" - that one took me a long time to figure out!! (I may have been a little slow as a kid)

    "6 one, 1/2 dozen the other"
     
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    If you keep crossing your eyes, they'll stay that way.
    And of course, at the doctors:
    "This is going to pinch a little."
     
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    I've never heard of 6 one, 1/2 dozen the other what does it mean?
     
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    "Six of one, a half dozen of the other" just means that it's the same thing, used to indicate that two seemingly different arguments are actually the same thing.
     
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    The one that I remember my mother always telling me was one that I have never heard anyone else saying; but my mom must have learned it somewhere. Or, maybe, she just made it up; that is possible, too. My mother was that way. Anyway, what she always told me was this : "It is better to be a live chicken than a dead goose". She always wanted me to tink about things and not just impulsively do something that might end up being dangerous, or have bad results. I was an only child, and born when my parents were in their 40's, so she knew that if something happened to me, there was not going to be another chance. Being careful was the mantra that i grew up with. I guess that has been a good thing most of the times; but it has certainly stopped many adventures which might have been fun.
    Has anyone else heard this saying, or just me ? ?
     
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    Haven't hear that one, Yvonne. How about: You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
     
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    It means that it doesn't make a difference which decision or choice you make. If you do one thing it equates to "6", if you do the other choice, it equates to "1/2 dozen".

    This was another one that my mother used to tell me when I was about 6 - talk about confusing. She never explained these cliches to me, I had to figure them out myself. When I was little, I thought she was saying, "6 1" like two different numbers, not meaning "6" was one choice, "1/2 dozen" was the other.
     
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    Didn't see where anyone else mentioned this one (if they have, I'm sorry), but it was a favorite of my mother's since we weren't allowed to "talk back", we always made faces to show our displeasure over something.

    "If you keep making that face, it'll freeze that way"
     
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    Here are few more my mother liked to say-

    "A bird in hand is worth two in the bush" - when we would start to daydreaming about what could be.

    "Action speaks louder than words" - when we said we were going to do something, just hadn't gotten around to it yet.

    "Like the blind leading the blind" - when we would do something stupid that our friend had done.
     
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    A hard head makes a soft butt. If you kept doing something and you were told to stop but you kept on doing it your bottom would not like it much.
     
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    I remember my Mother's famous threat when I screwed up as a kid, "Wait until your father comes home!" It really scared me into behaving but I don't really know why as my father rarely did come home and he never hit me. Of course when he was sober and gave me his infamous 20 minute lectures, I'd prefer a spanking!
     
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    Our how about when your mother got so frustrated with you, she would say, "I hope one day you have children, and they are just like you!". Boy, you knew you had pushed her too far when that one was muttered.
     
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    Another one from my mother when I was really messing up was, "I'm going to call the cop and he will take you to reform school!" That one always terrified me.

    Funny, going a bit off topic here but my mother was only 5' tall. When I got to the point where I was taller then her I really ticked her off one time and she said, "Oh, now that you are so big, you think you are smarter than me?" Being a jerk, I had to answer "Of course!" While this little talk was going on she manipulated me close to the front door. Then, "OK, wise guy, can you stoop over a little bit?" I did and she slammed my head against the door knob! BIG OUCH! One more lesson learned!
     
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    I think I would really like your mother. My mother was only 4'11" tall. It didn't take long for us all to be bigger than her, but that never made a difference in the fear...I mean respect, she commanded.
     
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    You know the really scary thing about all these cliches. When we were kids, they were so irritating and really got on my nerves. But, once I became a mother they started to make sense.

    I remember the first time one of them came out of my mouth - it was instinct, I swear, because I never would have willingly said it out loud and subjected my poor kid to it!! :eek:
     
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    When someone would talk about a cheating spouse, my Grandmother would say, "What's good for the goose, is good for the gander!" :confused: As a kid, I never dared ask my Grandma what the heck she meant by it! :D
     
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    After googling that cliche, I get it. I have wondered what it meant but only for that moment. It only means that what's good for the (female) is good for the (male) as well. Goose - female; gander - male

    In the context of how your Grandmother was using it, it sounds like the wife was already cheating on the husband - or- the husband could cheat as well.
     
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    Yeah that's how I interpreted it when I got older. Fact is, my Grandma also believed that, "Two wrongs don't make a right!," so....:confused:
     
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    When we rented the upstairs apartment in our big house, I was about ten, there was a woman who would scream at her child. "Skeeter, I'm going to cut off your ears and fry them for your fathers supper."

    I wonder, to this day, if poor Skeeter ended up in a padded room. His mother should have been in one.:rolleyes:
     
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