Saturday night nostalgia: The funny sayings our parents used

We grew up in a unique time. In fact, our childhoods would look like life on a far away planet if the kids of today could catch a glimpse, but we wouldn’t trade those days for the world. One thing that seems to have died out is the use of those little idiosyncratic sayings – you know the ones that your mum and dad would say, but you never figured until adulthood what they mean?

Let’s take a look at some of the funny things our parents used to say – right from our readers!

“A stitch in time saves nine.”

“In for a penny in for a pound.”

“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.”

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“Strike me pink.”

“Don’t make that face or the wind will change and you’ll stay like that.”

“You look like you have been pulled through a gorse bush backwards.”

“Wear your best undies if your going out in case you’re in an accident.”

“Do that again and I’ll give you a flea in the ear.”

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“What’s for dinner? Duck under the table.”

“All uncooked joints off the table.”

“Six of one and half a dozen of the other.”

“She went mad and I shot her.”

“Wig wam for a gooses bridle.”

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“Wait until your father gets home.”

“I’m going to have a quick cats lick (shower).”

“Pick up your bottom lip or you will trip over it.”

“If you don’t stop crying I’ll give you something to really cry about.”

“There are poor people in Africa who would love your dinner.”

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“Handy as a pocket in a singlet.”

“If you do that again, I will knock you into next week.”

“You get pimples on your tongue for lying.”

“You’re not to old to put across my knee.”

“Stop fidgeting, you’re up and down like a bride’s nightie!”

Do you remember your parents saying these things? What else?