Seven Senseless Silly Sayings

Seven Senseless Silly Sayings


It’s funny how we incorporate these little sayings into our lives (many that our own parents have said to us in the past) that don’t seem to make any sense. Here are a few of my favourites…

  1. “If you don’t eat your dinner, you won’t get any pudding.” This was said to us as kids if we had left our meal in order to get to the rather nicer looking dessert. This is a bit silly really as, if we ate all our dinner we might not have room for any pudding, let alone enjoy it!
  2. “If the wind changes you will stay like that.” We have all poked our tongue out at someone or made a face behind their back. This threat was supposed to deter us from doing this, but I really don’t think anyone ever believed it.
  3. “Do you want a smack?” This really makes me laugh. As if anyone is going to say, “Oh yes please, the harder the better” (On second thoughts with all this 50 Shades stuff being popular at the moment…)Anyway, as kids when you are being naughty and your mum threatens you with this, you do tend to behave yourself pretty quick!Β In the same vein what about,
  4. Β ” Stop crying, or I’ll give you something to cry about!” For a start, if you are in a state about something, it is not always easy ( especially as a child) to just instantly stop crying, but if you don’t you are in for a clout. A bit of a no-win one this is!
  5. ” Go and wash behind your ears, you could grow spuds there” Even if it were possible, why would anyone want to grow potatoes on their head! Well, perhaps if they came out as crisps or chips it might be appealing.
  6. “Who’s she, the cat’s mother? I can’t even begin to think where this originated from, but it was one of my mum’s favourites when I was young.
  7. “Shut the bloody door, were you born in a barn?” This was another saying that was well-used in our house when I was growing up.

Those are some of my favourite sayings. Do you have any?



  1. These are all so familiar…except # 6.??? My mother used the word hydrophobic a lot, when we didn’t want to wash hands/ bathe, etc. Also “you make a better door than a window”…blocking her view of the only tv in the home…a time long past.

    1. Yes, I am familiar with “you make a better door than a window” too. Although many of these sayings don’t make sense, in some ways, I hope that they don’t die out over time. πŸ™‚

    2. “Better door than a window” was a frequent phrase at my house growing up. When we were kids, The Mister actually said “Your daddy wasn’t a glassblower” to me, which is apparently what they said in their house when one stood in the way. I tease him about it still. He shoulda been pleased with my appearance! Am I not more attractive than Spock and John Wayne?! πŸ˜›

      1. But of course you are, Joey. I have never heard that glassblower expression, but I love it! Funnily enough, my husband gets more grumpy if I stand if front of the TV too, especially when the rugby is on! πŸ™‚

  2. My mother used that she/cat expression. Didn’t understand it then, can’t say I do now, but she … sorry. But my mother obviously felt insulted so I tried. Feels awkward to always use my mother instead of she though.
    Hmmmm I never used that line with my kids. It’s probably gone out of style…or we’re not so easily insulted these days πŸ™‚

    1. I agree that we are probably not so offended, these days. I remember offending my grandmother by telling her I knew how old she was! It was so strict back then with children expected to be seen and not heard! πŸ™‚

      1. Language has changed so much. So many other words out there to be upset about. Although, I am still not ojay with saying shut up to anyone, especially your own kids.
        Yeah, what can I say? I’m old πŸ™‚

  3. Have heard a few of these myself over the years, give you something to cry about and cat one. The first saying that popped into my head was “if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes”. The problem with this one is where I am from is it is TRUE!!

  4. I’m from the States, so I’ve never heard of #6 before. As a mother, I’ve been guilty of a couple of these. Especially #7. That drives me crazy when I have the heat going and neighbor kids come over and don’t close the door :(.

  5. Another blast from the past Judy; I’ve not heard some of those in years; although one I have always held as ridiculous is “You can’t have your cake and eat it!”

    What the hell is the point of having the damn cake then?

    “There’s not enough room to swing a cat” was also another odd one; firstly who tested it and secondly I’ve not had any cats that a particularly fond of tail yanking in the first place. Sounds a most dangerous saying to me.

    1. HAHA! I am with you on both of these, Gary. I would be very cross is someone gave me cake and then wouldn’t let me eat it! I also want to know who tested the idea of not being able to swing a cat. Must have been a very brave person! Thanks so much for joining in. πŸ™‚

  6. I’m also from the States and it’s fun to see how sayings are similar across the pond! As for #6, the closest thing I think of was people used to say someone is the “Cat’s meow”, meaning they are “the bomb” or cool. Maybe the sayings are related? Anyway, fun post!

    1. I am really glad that you liked it, Snuffy. I think the cat’s mother thing is some kind of telling of for being rude and referring to someone as ‘she’ rather than by name, but I still don’t get it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts too πŸ™‚

    1. HA! Yes, that is quite popular here too, although in my family nobody needed much persuading to eat our dinners all having rather ‘healthy’ appetites! πŸ™‚

  7. Loved this list. When I was little, my granddad used to tell me to eat the crusts on my bread as they put hairs on your chest! Like I would want hairs on my chest ha ha! I’ve never understood the “cat’s mother” saying!

    1. Same here with the eating in our house! Yes, I can relate to getting a clout because nobody owned up. Luckily my mum didn’t have a strap, although my stepdad often threatened us with a slipper! Thanks for joining in, Suzanne, I love hearing other people’s experiences. πŸ™‚

  8. you can definitely tell that some of those and their usual reaction stemmed from a time before the understanding of autism and other syndromes

  9. “Don’t come running to me if you fall off and break your legs” was one my mother always used when I climbed trees or onto the roof of the garden shed. Another one was ‘eat your crusts, or you won’t get curly hair” – as a young boy I didn’t want curly hair anyway. πŸ˜€

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