Top Ten Phrases My Grandparents Said

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic this week, so here are the top ten phrases my grandparents used to say quite regularly, listed from ten to one:

Number 10

Home is where the heart is.

Who said it: Nana Ezzy
What she meant: Your home is wherever your loved ones reside.

Number 9

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Who said it: Nana Ezzy
What she meant: Too many people working on a task results in that task being done poorly.

Number 8

Beggars can’t be choosers.

Who said it: Nana Ezzy
What she meant: Be satisfied with what you have.

Number 7

First things first.

Who said it: Nana Ezzy, Nanna Carmen
What they meant: Complete the most important tasks first.

Number 6

A watched pot never boils.

Who said it: Nana Ezzy
What she meant: Be patient.

Number 5

Money doesn’t grow on trees.

Who said it: Nanna Carmen
What she meant: Be thrifty.

Number 4

God’s bowling tonight.

Who said it: Nanna Carmen
What she meant: Nanna Carmen used to try to ease my fear of thunderstorms by telling me it was just God and the angels playing ten pin bowling in Heaven. The rolling kind of thunder was the bowling ball rolling down the lane. The big crashes happened when the ball hit the pins. The lightning was the lights flashing to celebrate a strike. I grew up thinking God was an awesome bowler.

Number 3

Do as I say, not as I do.

Who said it: Nanna Carmen
What she meant: Do what you’re told.

Number 2

If wishes were fishes, we’d none of us starve.

Who said it: Nana Ezzy
What she meant: If you want something, you need to work for it.

Number 1

Don’t speak with your mouth half-full. Fill it up so you can’t talk at all.

Who said it: Pa
What he meant: Swallow your food before speaking.



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