Every family has its quirks — including weird sayings that nobody else uses.
A recent Reddit thread asked people to share the sayings they grew up with, that they've rarely heard since. The responses prove that no two families are the same.
1. It's all about the kidneys.
My step-father would point at his head and say “kidneys man, kidneys” when he got credit for stuff (answering a trivia question for example). I use it with my students all the time . - TheSouthsideSlacker
2. "It's behind the milk!"
My mom would always say "it's behind the milk!" when we would look for something and couldn't find it. Inevitably whatever we were looking for one day was simply behind the milk in the fridge and we couldn't find it. My mom exclaimed this from across the house in frustration and it became the exclamation for anything someone is trying to find. Meaning look harder, actually move other objects instead of just blankly staring. - savetheaglet
3. Just why?
My dad would tell us to “ cough it up it could be a gold watch “ if you were coughing. I never understand it. - Skinnybet3
4. Ask a stupid question...
Me: “What are you doing?” Dad, obviously just watching TV: “I’m digging a hole.” - scottsmith7
5. "You think you're a slice of bread."
I used to run a pub. I had to refuse to serve a rather inebriated young man. Rather than say ‘you think you’re the best thing since sliced bread’ he actually said: ‘ you think you’re a slice of bread’.
Since then, in our family, anytime one of us does something rather clever, we are accused of thinking we are a slice of bread. - Mancsnotlancs
6. Moms everywhere will steal this.
Whenever we were to fend for ourselves for dinner, my mom called it "getchuroni" (getchu-your-oni) - Not_Used_To_People
7. This sounds like some sort of Depression-era cartoon.
when my great grandpa would be asked if he was ready he would say "well i aint freddy, Im freddy's brother, Killowatt." no one understood, but when im the ancient person in the family Im gonna start saying it too, to bewilder my younger family members. - derwood1992
"Born up a tree" is my family version of Bon Appétit - Poes_Laaitie
9. It should be a word.
The term 'to disconcur' meaning to disagree. Tried using it once in a class and got some serious sideways looks. Teacher had to break it to me that it is not a valid word. - Mydaley
10. Very wise words.
Mom: You'd never notice on a galloping horse.
No one really looks closely at you. - Ibenthinkin2you
11. Why would anyone pose for animal crackers?
One I still don't understand is "What are you doing? Posing for animal crackers?"
I mean, I understood the meaning but the reference was beyond me. Basically when I was standing around during work and not doing anything.
Dad had a lot of weird ones. - iBelieveInSpace
“You got goats”
My family’s way of saying you had a wedgie, because it looked like there was a goat in your crack eating your pants. Quite embarrasing when I found out that wasn’t a common phrase - theothersoul
If we were having a hard time doing a puzzle or something, mom would tell us “you gotta hold your teeth right”. Whenever she bought us presents they came from “the gettin place”. - willowgrl
14. This is hilarious.
"What time dark" was something we would say to ask like the general question of when was like dinner and down time.
Turns out my parents were a** face drunk on vacation in a different part of the world before me and my sister were born when my mom turned to my dad and proclaimed "what time dark". Because she wanted to see the sun set but couldn't get the thoughts together.
So from 1-16 I thought it was a common saying, and from 16-24 when my mom passed every time she said something stupid we would just go "WhAt TiMe dArK???" - something98213
15. This is a stretch.
"Red shoes, no knickers."
My mum said this, that there's an implication women wearing red shoes weren't wearing any undies. Still haven't met anyone who has ever heard of it. - BPD_whut
Growing up with an Asian mom that was working on perfecting her English, she would often say “Aw that is the suck” instead of, you know, “that sucks”.
Didn’t take long for us to catch on and correct her but it was so funny we just kinda stuck to it, so when something is shitty now I’ll instinctively say in my head “well that is the suck” - slothbarns7
17. Good idea.
As a kid whenever I would say 'I don't know what to wear!' my Grandma would say 'Put a raisin in your belly button and go as a cookie' - Nashmimi
When something new turned up and we'd ask my dad where it came from his reply was always "stole it from a blind man down on the corner" - MyThrOHAcct
My nan and mum would always say "you're nosey for a cabbage", when I would try to ask about stuff that wasn't my business, not sure if it's unique to us but I've never heard anyone else say it - maryhallie
20. That is the cutest thing ever.
Whenever I didn't like something, my dad would say, "Well it likes you. It called the other day and said so". It could be anything: broccoli, a hamburger, the neighbor's cat. Whatever I didn't like or want to try, he had always gotten a call. - dtrippy
Dad would always say, “hotter than a garlic fart.” Never heard anyone else say that. - DuxOfOregon