Top 15 Peculiar Sayings I learned from my Parents

Here is a list of sayings I learned from my parents and grandparents that I find myself repeating as I get older. Yes, it's scary.

Some of these make sense, but many of them are just old senseless idioms and expressions that I spontaneously quote because they are familiar to me (not necessarily anyone else).
  1. Play it by ear
  2. By the skin of your teeth
  3. No bones about it
  4. That's not my baliwick
  5. That's a crock!
  6. Finer than frogs hair (or, as my Mother used to say "finer than frogs hair split 4-ways")
  7. ...and Bob's your uncle
  8. To make a long story short...
  9. You can't get blood out of a turnip...
  10. Go to Hell in a hand basket.
  11. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a...
  12. Pin money.
  13. Straight from the horses mouth.
  14. Feeling under the weather.
  15. there is more than one way to skin a cat.
There is some interesting etymology and history behind some of these phrases.

What peculiar sayings or quotes do you remember from your childhood?


  1. Many, but my english is so bad to try explaing you. Curiosly, some of yours parents are the same than my parents. See you..

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