Does your family have “sayings” or expressions that you’ve come up with?  Expressions that no one else says?!

Of course there are the ones that you hear others often say, such as “Oh brother!” “For pity’s sakes” “Brother Pete” or “for the love of Pete” (to which we always say, “Who is Pete, and why do we love him so?”) 😀

And then there are the not so common ones, the ones that only your family knows about (unless you teach them to your friends!)

Such as,

“Brother Pete in the morning”

That one has no story and no reason, but one of us started saying it if we thought something was extra ridiculous, and it stuck!

“Agoppit” or “Agummy”

That also means that something is ridiculous.  Both are supposed to somewhat imitate gulping or coughing, like when someone ‘gulps’ becuase someone just said something weird.  So if someone in our family says something we think is ridiculous, or you drive by a strange looking car, walk by a strange dress, etc, you will sometimes hear, “Agoppit, agoppit!” 😀


I believe this one morphed out of the word ‘strange’.  We don’t use this one much anymore, but for a while everyone used it always 😀  If you thought something was especially strange you said “Stramingo” 😀


Now this one is not original to us, but what we did to it is.  If it is a major botheration, we say “Botheration in G major”.   A minor one is “Botheration in e minor”.  Kind of a spin-off of Bach’s “Invention” pieces 😀


  This is supposed to mean, “you’re in my way, please excuse me.”  Prounouced “a squishy lego”, this is a cross between Italian, Spanish, and Americans messing it up big time 😀  We had this computer game that would teach you different languages.  In Spanish it would say, “Escoja en juego” (choose a game).  In Italian to say “excuse me” you say “mi scusi“.  At least that is what we believed at that time, so forgive us, any of you who really know Italian 😀

 Somehow we started saying “mi scusi en juego” which makes NO sense, of course, but that is not the point.  We knew what we meant and that was all that mattered!  But then the Littles didn’t quite understand how to say that, so they began saying “asquishylego” 😀 Another way they’d say it is, “Excuse me a-wayg0”.

“That grates my burnt cookies”

This is a cross between two more common sayings “That grates on me” and “That burns my cookies”.  Susannah merged the two to mean pretty much the same thing that either one means, “that annoys me!”

So, do you have sayings like this?!  Or are we the only family that does this? 😀

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10 thoughts on “Where sayings come from…

  • June 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Beautifully done!! They look amazing, you have a gift from God! It’s truly remarkable that they turned out that good! God Bless.

  • June 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    haha lol yes our family has um..some interesting sayings also you probably already knew that =) lol..your not the only one =P..yes emily has picked up “oh brother” and says it almost every other word it gets quite annoying =)….
    well i’ll sys!!!

  • June 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    oh my yes! my family has this “problemo” too :] and like mary said, emily (alaina, esther, natalie and mary) have all picked up on your sister’s famous “OH BROTHER!” haha i am always like STOP IT!!! but as you can probably guess, that doesn’t work :]
    for awhile we were do ‘agopit’ but that got old and we don’t really do it anymore, and if any one does do it, it’d be emily :o)

  • June 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Well, my family has a couple from WAY back. The refrigerator is called the “fidgigator.”

    Once my mom and I were looking for something to eat – she suggested hot dogs, to which I replied “sounds like a weiner to me!” It stuck.

    A new one was just started at a wedding shower. We were decorating tables with little paper doilies. They were stuck together and kept ripping – someone piped up and said “well don’t that just rip your doily!”

    By the way….I have favorited your website and just LOVE to see what you ladies post from day to day. Keep it up!!!!

    • June 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      I loved hearing about your “sayings” 😀 Once Mommy and I were hanging clothes out on the line and she said, “These clothespins are a big joke!” because they were so cheap and weren’t doing much good. I started laughing like it really was a “big joke”, so now between ourselves we will say “clothespin!” as if we were telling a joke. It’s so not funny that it’s funny 😀


  • June 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Ha, overhere we have some typical familywords (family language) too! When our children where little, they had a special word for drinking breastmilk; ‘doing mimi’. So, no problems when I vissited someone and my baby wanted to drink as they just asked for mimi, and we all kept it a secret! Than we have this saying for when we have a bad hairday;” my hair is ‘blub’ today”!

  • June 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    We’ve got some interesting sayings around here too! Like, for example…

    That’s worse than burnt biscuts!
    Oh bother!

    …and many others!

    I’m big on the ‘oh brother’ too! 🙂

    And Jessica…remember that little secret saying between you and me? 😀

  • June 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    My dad has always said “You smell like a hoopenhaffener” when one of my brothers needs a bath. (Oh, he’s NEVER said that to ME 🙂 ) I don’t know where it came from.
    And when the boys eat a lot, they are ‘snarfing down a door’ 🙂 ( a four year old started that one!) – a possum is a hip-po-potomus… And tons more that I can’t think of!


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