My Dad and Granddad, like most other Dads, had a plethora of special phrases that he used on us kids while we were growing up. Here are a few that will hopefully make you smile:
As you left the house in the morning for school, this phrase was meant to encourage you to do your best and get good grades in school. (eg RIP ‘EM today at school!) If you did well on a particular assignment or project, that might also be a “rip ’em.” (eg That math test sure was a rip ’em.) It has to be said loudly with a certain tearing quality in the voice.
No Flies on You
This means, I guess, that you’re not dead. The basic meaning being: “Well, you’re no idiot” or “Can’t get anything past you.”
Slower than Cold Tar
This one’s pretty obvious. It’s someone who’s really, really slow.
Off Like a Dirty Shirt
Dad would say this one when we were about to leave somewhere in the car. It also goes with…
__ Minutes ‘Til Blastoff
This is what Dad used to say every Sunday morning to get everyone into the car on time to get to church. I wonder how often it actually worked…
Keep the Rubber Side Down and the Sunny Side Up
This one has come about more recently. This is what Dad now says to any of us when we’re about to embark on a road trip. “Stay safe and happy” is basically what it means.
If you work at it hard, it’ll be easy – and if you work at it easy, it’ll be hard.
An eternal truth… self-explanatory. Hard work and discipline makes everything easier.
Any others you can think of from your father or mine?