As My Grandma Used to Say

In my last post, I talked about a relatively new language development that I’ve been noticing lately—the use of hashtags as social commentary in both writing and speech. Well, with the holiday season upon us, I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandparents and other beloved older adults in my life and the artful, beautiful, and not-often-heard words and expressions they use now and/or used when I was growing up—in other words, older language. I’m talking about gems like these:

Can’t make heads or tails of it
The greatest thing since sliced bread (Aside: I was older than I’d care to admit when it finally dawned on me that sliced bread was once considered notable because they didn’t always sell it in the grocery store!)
You made your bed; now lie in it
All in a tizzy…as in, “Don’t get yourself all in a tizzy. It will all work out in the end.”
Worsh…as in, “I need to worsh the dishes.”
the word davenport for sofa or couch
Uff da…as in, “Uff da! It’s a cold one out ’dere today.” (Hey, I grew up in Minnesota…and yes, people really do say this here—quite a bit, in fact.)

For more about language and expressions, check out our It’s Just an Expression series. And in the meantime if you’re so inclined, please leave me a comment and let me know: What are some of the wonderful old-fashioned expressions and/or words that you grew up hearing (or maybe still hear)?

4 thoughts on “As My Grandma Used to Say

  1. Sara Hoffmann

    Bookkm: Yes! That expression is one of my favorites, not in small part because it just happens to be the title of one of the books in Lerner's It's Just an Expression series.:)

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