Mom’s Favourite Expression

Mom was always there to cook your meals and to cure what ails you. And she always had some timely advice and quirky expressions that she would always say. We asked our readers to submit their Mom’s favorite expressions. Here is a collection of some of the best. 

  • Make sure you wash behind your ears; you don’t want carrots growing in them.
  • Make sure your underwear doesn’t have any holes and the elastic is good; you never know if you’re going to be hit by a car and have to go to the hospital.

Loraine Ure


Don’t say ‘can’t’ ’til a dog bites ya.

Susan O’Day


  • If all your friends stuck their heads in an oven, would you?
  • Always wear clean underwear; you never know when you’ll be in an accident and have to go to the hospital.
  • Green goes with anything – look at the flowers, they all have green leaves.
  • Just wait ’til your father gets home!
  • You can do anything if you just put your mind to it.
  • On boys, dating and sex:

a. Don’t put everything in the store window, just enough to interest them and make them want more.

b. Don’t let anyone handle the merchandise.

c. There’s plenty of fish in the sea. Wait for the big one.
Molly Porter


My mother would tell me, “Curiosity killed the cat.” When I was about 12, I discovered the whole story and replied, “But satisfaction brought him back!”
Myrna St Germain


My mom was famous for her sayings. At her funeral we had a book for people to write the sayings that they could remember:

  • Hunger makes a good sauce.
  • Wherever you go, there you are.
  • Farting against thunder.
  • Scratch where you peck.

Lori Montcalm


My late mom was a Manx war bride and had some lovely sayings:

  • By the Lord Harry (as far as I can figure it had something to do with King Henry the 8th maybe?)
  • To heck with you and your barrel of snakes.

Cheryl Nickerson


  • When there is a will to want it, there is way of obtaining it.
  • With our homework: When you know it, move on to what you do not know for that is what you need to learn at this moment in time.
  • About life: You can be anything you want in life as long as you’re happy and have no regrets in how you get there.

Ernest Ouimet


I had one of those, but the wheels came off. Whenever I say it I always get a reaction of some sort.
Karen


  • You made your bed, lay in it
  • I’m not looking after your kids!
  • Don’t pick up a frog, it will give you warts.

Gloria Scott


  •  Eat all your carrots and you will have good eyes.
  • Clean up the bathroom.

Ralph Sabean


When we had chores to do, my mom would always say, “All hands make light work. ” Of course, this was true and it made them more fun to do.
Donna McPhillamey


Since I was born in 1936, many mothers must have had the same expressions as my mother:

  • Finish everything on your plate… just think of those starving children in Europe.
  • Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.
  • You made your bed. You lie in it!
  • Don’t ever take me for a walking dictionary or encyclopedia.

  Name withheld


  • You’re big and ugly enough to do it yourself
  • No matter how big you get you’ll always be my little bug.

Name withheld


After an accident, argument or fight, my wonderful mother would say with love, “This is God’s little reminder to you…”
Joan Mac Donald


Everything in moderation.
Sherry Allard


Tomorrow will be better!
Betty Ann Shuttleworth


  • Sit up straight.
  • A good coat can hide everything beneath it.
  • Would you run and do that for me– you’re younger and smarter than I am.

Sara Deveau


Be sure, your sins will find you out!

Linda Watt


  • Nothing grew in the fridge since the last time you opened it a minute ago.
  • If you don’t be good, you’re going to the reform school.
  • Who do you think made the bread, Mrs. Lacey next door?
  • Close the door, we are not heating up Bond Street.
  • I am going to tell your father when he gets home.
  • When I was your age…

Lorraine Coffey


If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all!

Helen Reynolds


Whenever my sister or I gave my mother a stressful situation to deal with she would say to us: “When you grow up, I hope you have a daughter… and she’s gonna do the exact same thing to you!”
Deziree White-Morin


One of my mothers favourite sayings was, “Be careful with those scissors, you’ll poke an eye out!”
Name withheld


One of my mother’s sayings that I remember most was, “I hope when you have kids they are just like you!” Another thing my mom always said to us as a joke when we went swimming was,  “If you drown, I’ll kill you when you get home!”
Gail Kranendonk


My mother always tells me to dress warmly in winter or I will get pneumonia and die.
Justin Lynch

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