Forget “Is the sky blue?” and “Is the Pope Catholic?” If someone asks something really obvious, use this lesser-known idiom in response.
Some kid used my phone to take this picture as I drove home at sunset one evening.
She doesn’t always say it yet, but the more she says this in imitation of her grandchildren, the more she will start to say it herself!
No one’s sure how this came to replace words such as “right” or “yes” in the family vocabulary, but it is nice and precise. For example:
Oh, kiddies. If one food happens to touch another on your plate, fear not. Your taste buds may complain, but your stomach loves applesauce-flavored mac and cheese!
This is nice, but we might as well throw it into a big bowl and stir…
Of course Mom would like you to find real gold, but this is what she tells the kiddies (or adults, if necessary) when they’re, well, booger prospecting.
Alert! Beyond gross!!!!! You may not want to watch this—first thing to come up when I googled “booger picking.”
Translation: You’re not getting whatever it is you’re asking for, so you might as well stop asking. Said this to my own kids just the other day.
Here’s something to look at but not buy!
This is pretty straightforward. You’re shopping and see something you like, but do you really need it? Think about it hard before you buy it.
This little phrase is a reminder to keep in touch, but also means to call immediately if you run into a good clearance sale while shopping.
This little phrase won’t necessarily stop someone from being obnoxious, but it’s a nicer way to say, “You are being an a——.”
This little phrase won’t stop someone from being a jerk, but it’s a nicer way to say, “That person is an a——, so don’t worry about it.”
Forget the praise part. Take all you can get!