We have a handful of really great, but now super weird, expressions we use. I was raised on most of them, so they seem completely usual and normal and well, awesome, to me. But as soon as I married Steve and we (meaning me) started using them with our kids, I realized how odd they must sound to others. Hence our more frequent and enjoyed usage of them! lol. I hope you enjoy and start using them yourself. They really are fun and often quite perfect.
Let the cat die. Let the swing stop moving on its own. Let it slow down and come to a stop without stomping down on the dirt or bailing from the swing. “Let the cat die, then jump off, honey. It’s safer that way.”
Devil is beating his wife. When it rains, but the sun is shining.
These shoes are crucifying me. Shoes that hurt, that make you want to cry. That cause bunions, bruises and blisters. (This one I’m sure is sacrilegious, but it was used all the time by my sweet grandmother, so that’s validity enough for me.) This expression is intimately related to “beauty must suffer.” That, my friends, is such a good one, it will be talked about later, in its own post.
Iron fist in a velvet glove. The way a lady directs her man. The deftness and gentleness and softness shown, but the iron will, the maturity and the wisdom in the director. “She’s an iron fist in a velvet glove, you see. That’s why he always does what she thinks is best, but thinks the ideas were his. She’s brilliant, actually.”
Never panic in the sight of blood. Well, literally, it means what it says. It’s an expression Steve was taught early in surgical training. But it, like so many other expressions, fits figuratively as well. Don’t panic. Keep breathing. Keep a level head and a quiet mind. You’re ok.
Act like you’ve been there before. Own it. Be the best. Impress, hold your shoulders back, look them in the eye, and act like you know what you’re doing. Then, you will.
Put on a little lipstick. Put on your big girl panties and stop dawdling. Just put on the lipstick and step out the door.
Don’t waste your pain. Make your pain, your tears, your heartache….make them matter. Make them change you, affect you, direct you, teach you. Don’t waste them. They’re too important, they’re sacred, they’re priceless. Don’t treat them like they’re in your way.
Champagne problems. I use this all. the. time. It describes a “first world problem,” an inconvenience, something not EXACTLY a problem, but something many would love to struggle with. “I know in the grand scheme of things, my kid projectile vomiting on me just before I left for work is a champagne problem, but Lord. I didn’t need that today, on top of the bad evening we all had.”
Don’t let these cheap clothes fool ya’. This is used by my Dad. As often as possible. He loves this one. I have no idea where he got it, he could have made it up on his own, for all I know. It goes something like this: “I don’t think we need to eat at that restaurant. The menu looks extravagant, and the cocktails alone are $12. We should just find a Chick fil A and call it a day, right?” “Katie, honey. Don’t let these cheap clothes fool ya’. Let’s have the nice dinner and the delicious cocktail.” lol. IOW, don’t let my windsuit, Nikes and rubber-banded money in my front pocket confuse you. lol. We can have the mint julep.
Do it big, or stay in bed. Do it. It’s a lot like the lipstick expression. Do it big, or don’t do it. It’s pretty much what I said to Steve when I first called him after falling on the mountain. “Really, Katie? You’re alone and you’re hurt and you’re crying? What is going on up there? Are you OKAY?!” “Well, do it big or stay in bed, huh?” “Yeah, you really did it big this time, honey.”
Lagniappe. Lagniappe is a form of a Louisiana French creole term that derives from the New-World Spanish la ñapa, meaning “a gift.” We use it more to mean “extra,” as it is often used on menus in New Orleans. It’s the little cookie given to your child in the bakery, free of charge. It’s the extra serving of mashed potatoes, or the in the figurative sense, something I need or want or should do, but isn’t required. “I’d love to get to shave before going to bed, but that’s lagniappe. It might not happen after this laundry, but that’s ok, no real worries.”
Do you have these, too? What quotes or sayings do you find yourself repeating more often than you care to admit? 🙂