**Updated to add a few more.
I have seen something like this on a few blogs, so I thought I would join in. These are some of the oft repeated sayings that you might hear at our house if you come for a visit.
“What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?” We say this whenever someone brings something up that has absolutely nothing to do with the conversation in progress.
“Out the Wah-Zoo” This means there is an awful lot of something, as in, “This year our pecan trees are producing out the Wah-Zoo.”
“Like all get out” meaning with great intensity, as in “Ouch! Pitocin hurts like all get out!”
“It’s better than a kick in the pants.” This means that something is, well, better than being kicked in the posterior. “We only made $17 at our garage sale, but it’s better than a kick in the pants.” We like to look at the bright side of things.
“Mornin’ Miz Moody! Fine mornin’ ain’t it?” My kids say this to me often, and our last name isn’t even Moody! It is from Man of the Family by Ralph Moody, an excellent book.
“Whatchamacallit, Thingamajig, and Doohickey” My husband uses these very descriptive terms to refer to any number of things in his memory. I, like any good wife, using mental telepathy, instinctively know what he means.
“Speaking wife” Referring to the language my husband and I speak. (See above.) He will often comment that one of his employees doesn’t speak wife and therefore could not produce the result he had asked for earlier in the day.
“No speakie da Engleesh.” My kids will use this when they are trying to get out of a chore I have asked them to do. Darling little cherubs.
“You are my favorite (but don’t tell the other kids).” I say this in a loud whisper to each child in turn. They always giggle and one of the others will protest, “You said I was!”
“Well! I never!!” Someone says this to feign shock and is always answered with, “Maybe you should sometime.”
“I don’t care if it hairlips the governor!” My mother used to say this to mean that nothing would change her mind, as in when we wanted to do something all of the other kids were doing. “I don’t care if it hairlips the governor, you are NOT going to that party!” If it was something really important she wouldn’t even care if it hairlipped the PRESIDENT! I know! Scandalous!
This next one is not for the faint of heart. All of you delicate types should avert your eyes right now. Are they gone? Okay, this is one that my husband told me years ago, “Stick with me, kid, and you’ll be fartin’ through silk.” For the record, my husband is the only one who says this. I do NOT condone that type of crude language, but it cracks me up whenever he says it, so I’m including it here. Plus, every time I look at the gen-u-wine velour upholstery in our second hand 15 passenger van, I think, “Honey, you were SO right! We are livin’ in high cotton, the good life, in the lap of luxury. You da man!”
Okay, now it’s your turn. What are some often heard phrases around your house?