parents say the darndest things
October 14, 2008 11:46 AM Subscribe
Help me compile a list of vintage hokey parental catchphrases.
posted by roger ackroyd to Writing & Language (158 answers total) 74 users marked this as a favorite
"Shape up or ship out," "goodnight, nurse!" and "like it or lump it" will be forever tied the adult figures who loomed large in my childhood. What colorful sayings did your parents and grandparents overuse? The mustier and more inexplicable, the better.