What are some of your funny, family allusions?? How did they come about?

“Earl Gray, hot” here as well.

We sarcastically use the line ftom Freaky Friday, “Make good choices today!” when someone gets out of the car.

There is a line in a family genealogy book saying our family has “sturdy common sense”. We now refer to that when someone in our family does something sensible. Someone told me I have common sense at work last week, and I explained to them that I have no choice given our family saying. ?

“I hate Tuesdays” - from “The Terminal.” When something does not go the way it was supposed to. :slight_smile:

A non-verbal one. An older relative was convinced that the fact that a certain type of whale had been found to the eastern side of the Baja Peninsula was evidence that there was a secret tunnel through the Baja. Never mind that whales are mammals who need to breathe and the Baja is 25 miles wide at it’s most narrow-a distance that would result in drowning whales. We joked that the whales just hold their breath, so when we’re together in public and someone says something especially illogical we just smile and nod and do a quick intake and hold of breath, something no one but us would notice.

Our toddler was amazed when he was served some yellow string beans once because, to that point, he had only seen green string beans (which he called “greenie beanies”). He loved them and always asked for “yellow greenie beanies” after that. Since then, yellow string beans have always been called “yellow greenie beanies” in our house.

English is not my dad’s first language, so idioms could be confusing. When he was dating my mom, he once told her not to look for a gift in the horse’s mouth. That has stuck.

The last of anything is always “the last melon.”
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My husband’s first language isn’t English either, so he used to get some idioms close but not exact. When we were in college and I complained of having a lot of work he said “You’re not in the only boat”, a combination of “We’re all in the same boat” and “You’'re not the only one.” We still use “You’re not in the only boat.”

I always told my DH “Be good, have fun” when he’d leave for his late night mens league hockey games. To which he’d respond, “Make up your mind!” When DS17 was in high school, he’d text me when he was going out with friends, and I responded with “Be good, have fun.” And of course, he always came back with “Make up your mind!”

I have a friend who loves to take the mickey out of his kids’ latest slang. About ten years ago, it was trendy to say “snap”. My friend immediately latched on to this and when ever he could, he’d say something was “snaptastic”. Needless to say, the kids didn’t use “snap” for long.

In our group of friends, we have been saying “snaptastic” ever since then. Always makes me smile. The kids, all adults now, roll their eyes.

@CountingDown - so funny about invoking counsel!

I love all of these, but especially, “five more handfuls” and “going upstairs” and the whale story!!

Thanks for sharing!

@Sue22, our kids called it 'sprinkle cheese!"

Others:
“Take chances, make mistakes”
“You are a very Useful Engine”

One of my nieces had a hard time pronouncing her ‘r’ sounds when she was a toddler. This led to a rather interesting Thanksgiving when she loudly demanded a fork. It is part of the family tradition now…

I still have a copy of the Yom Kippur book and have also scanned it for posterity. When the guys were still home and we’d watch L&O or NCIS, they would always yell at the hapless suspect spilling his/her guts to shut up and ask for a lawyer!

Thanks to my late brother we always call the glove compartment in the car “the conglovement.”

I still enjoy seeing the fingle mingles at the zoo, which is the first term DS used for flamingos.

We got a lot of our sayings from D2 because she was so verbal as a toddler and she was the baby - 5 years younger than her sister.
She loved chocolate milk when she was little. We tried to ration her, and it was not hard to see the joy in her face when it was offered to her. When she was 3 or 4, we drove by a farm with a lot of brown cows in the pasture. D2 just blurted out, “Chocolate milk cows.” We all stopped more a minute before we realized why she called them chocolate milk cows. Since then we have called all brown cows that.

About the same age, D2 complained to us how my father always took “long cut” when driving her to ballet class. We then started saying (whenever we are lost), “are we taking a long cut?”

D1 used to get chicken and kitchen mixed up. For a while we would call kitchen chicken sometimes.

My favorite saying when people complain too much to me, “It could be worse.” This came about when my senior management was complaining to me about the fact we didn’t have disaster recovery at a site I was responsible for, and numerous other problems with the site. It was about a month after I took over. I got tired of listening to the complaints, so it just came out. My staff thought it was hysterical and they started to say it. My kids also picked up on it too because I would say it to them when they thought their world was coming apart.

My family used to watch the BBC show “Keeping Up Appearances” when the kids were young. “More tea, vicar?” is our go to phrase to cover the stunned silence when someone does something embarrassing or gross.

From Monty Python and the Holy Grail - no matter how bad something is, one of us will say: “It’s only a flesh wound.” It came about when one of my sons broke his leg very badly and was laid up for the summer. He became convinced he would lose his leg and his brothers comforted him by saying, “Don’t worry, it’s only a flesh wound.”

My wife’s go-to when our kids do or say something dumb: “That must be your Daddy’s genes”. I hear that comment almost everyday. My kids even say it to each other now. I really should tell their loving Grandparents about this betrayal…

We are Jewish. Most people we know our Jewish. So when our family was invited to our friends wedding we prepared our young kids for what to expect in a Catholic church. We explained that it was very similar to going to Synagogue. You had to dress nicely. The priest would be at the front and in charge etc…

So we get there and as it’s about to start our then 3 year old says “ who is that guy up there?” And we say “ remember that’s the Priest. He’s like our Rabbi. He…”. And she interrupts “No not him. The guy on the T!” Who is that?”

Suffice it to say that we may or may not refer to Jesus in our house as “The Guy on the T”

When my younger sister was in HS, she took a trip to visit a faraway friend. Parents and I picked her up at the airport, and our dad—a very terse and emotionally repressed guy—found an interesting way to break the news that the family pet had been euthanized while she was away. He turned to her with a meaningful look and asked:

“Was the cat sick when you left?”

This phrase gets a lot of play in both our families.

We have so many! I don’t even know what to pick. We even have picked up some from our dog! If someone really wants something from another member of the family, we’ll mimic our dog’s head tilt, open our eyes wide, raise our eyebrows, and give a little whimper. :wink:

Our D called broccoli “little trees” when she was a baby. That has stuck.

We also have code words when people are being pretentious based on a long repeated family story.

My dear father used to say “You can do it the right way or your own damn way.” And he said it with a completely neutral tone. The thought of it still brings a smile.