I am a sucker for the quirky things people say. As a kid, I often heard my mom’s favorite expression: “flour’em.” I have no idea how to spell it, but it means something like, “that’s pretty hard to believe.” I also learned “tick-a-lock” from her, the only version of “shut up” we were allowed to say at home. My Grandpa Brown, born in the state of “Misery,” (his words!) sometimes said, “I swan,” which meant, “I never.”
We have Larson family sayings, too. Whenever anyone’s hungry, we say we’re “feeling elevenish,” inspired by Winnie the Pooh. And when Quinn was little, and she wanted a snack, she’d ask for an “over-tider,” which came from my asking her if she wanted something to tide her over till dinner. And anyone who wasn’t being sweet and cheery earned the label, “Crankleberry Johnson.”
What are some of your favorite expressions? They can be from your favorite literature or real life. Share!