People Are Sharing The Old Timey Phrases They Remember Older Folks Saying

Language changes over time, especially when it comes to slang or idioms that only make sense in the generation they’re created. In this era, language evolves so fast it’s almost impossible to keep up. But after reading the responses to this thread on r/AskReddit started by u/DgNeD, you might want to slow down and learn more about how people talked in the past. They asked, “What are some favorite, peculiar sayings/phrases said by your parents or grandparents?”

The comments are delightful walks down memory lane, full of spicy bon mots. Not many people talk the way our grandparents or even parents did anymore and it is fun to see the cutesy way they used to express frustration, excitement, disbelief and even constant descriptions of the weather that involve the word “tits.” They didn’t have memes, but these phrases buried by history were pretty close. Read on and make them live again!


Grandpa was a dairy farmer, whenever a manure truck “honey bucket” went by or we drove by a freshly fertilized field he’d take a deep sniff and loudly proclaim


I still do that to this day and it confuses everyone —Bohdan832


My grandma always liked the phrase “out gallivanting”, as in “you wouldn’t be so tired if you weren’t out gallivanting all night” —Cthulhuhoop


Every time my Dad would fart he’d say “There’s a kiss for ya.” —RuggedMeshBlue


I recently wrote down all of the weird things my older family members say. I never dreamed I’d be able to share it with the world two weeks later.

Shaking like a dog shitting peach pits

Darker than 3 feet down a cows throat

Slicker than snot on a doorknob

Flatter than piss on a pine board

Handier than a spare dick

Happier than a pig in shit

Does Pinocchio have a wooden dick?

Does a cat have an asshole?

I hope you use these well. —clefayble


“Be decisive. Right or Wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels that couldn’t make a decision.” —thestonez


me: “what are we having for dinner”

mom: “food”

me: “well, what kind of food”

mom: “the food that you eat” —ThirstyorNah


Anytime my grandfather would drop something, he would frustratedly say, “Well lay down if you don’t feel good”. —DoctorQuinzell


When I would say “I gotta pee” my dad would say “I gotta bean” as if I said “I’ve got a pea” and he has a bean. Every time. My whole childhood. —-_Bad_Wolf_-


If my dad didn’t want anything to do with something he’d say ‘not my monkeys, not my circus’ —coughinginthenight


When my mom’s going to go to sleep she says “It’s time to do what I do best”—adastrally


My 104 yr old grandma who was a vaudeville actress in the 20s and married a guy in the mob in the 30s would always say as she left, with a wave, “See you in jail!”—Threewisemonkey


Ohh, I like this one!

Shit fire and save the matches.

Too many chiefs, not enough indians.

Sweatin’ like a whore in church.

Colder than a witches tit.

Tough titty said the kitty.

Slicker ‘n (than) shit.

Finer than frog hair. —ccprice12


My grandma liked to say “help, murder, police!” anytime anything when mildly wrong. But if you told her something went wrong she’d always say “tough titties” —darburst


“Hold on to your bippy!” when making some risky driving moves. —Olita333


My partner’s grandmother had some good ones:

“Want in one hand and shit in the other and see which fills up first”


“It’s not the cough that carries you off it’s the coffin they carry you off in”

were my two favorites. —chrisoftacoma


Any time we got hurt my dad would look at us and say “does it hurt?” Every time. Bump your head “does it hurt?” Stub a toe “does it hurt?” Shut a finger in a car door and your screaming and crying “does it hurt?” Just had major surgery “does it hurt?” When I was 8 or 9 he put a icepick through his hand on accident and I immediately asked “does it hurt?” And me saying that to him made him bust out laughing and then he said, “don’t tell your mother.” That was said every time he accidentally hurt himself. —Kirasedai


Norwegian-American household. “Uff da” was a common one whenever there was any slight inconvenience. —AlexandriteRae


Jumpin Juniper. —LeoDragon2000


Someone offering a dish at the dinner table: Potatoes?

My dad: Yes they are.

Every. Time. —shutpuppy


my best friends mother has some classics

“Oh sweetie, are your diamond shoes too tight?”

“Looks like what we need around here are more horses’ heads”

“Can’t get blood from a turnip”

And this awesome one from my Great Grandfather

“Well I sure do feel a lot more like I do now than I did a while ago” —hotrodgirl70ss


My great grandma would always say,

“Good Night Nurse!”

generally as a statement of exasperation.

I love everything about it, the alliteration, there’s something dark about it, makes me think the meaning it that you’re talking to the nurse when you’re slipping into a coma or dying. —CmosNeverlast


If you’re looking for sympathy, you’ll find it between sex and syphillis in the dictionary. —steinweg


“He was so stupid, he couldn’t pour piss out of a boot with instructions on the heel” —MadamMischief


The sun shines on a dogs ass some days

Basically when I got lucky/did it the way grandpa wanted it. A rare occasion. —ITworksGuys


“She’s red on the noodle like a pecker on a poodle” referring to a red haired lass. Or “that’s the kind of gal that could make you write bad checks” —1toke


When my grandma couldn’t remember what she was going to say, she’d follow it up with “musta been a lie”. —vaalhallan