Thoughtful Thursday: Classic Expressions to Share with your Sons

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Thoughtful Thursday: Classic Expressions to Share with your Sons

Yes, we know it is not Thursday. But we so love Thoughtful Thursday that even though we were not able to post yesterday, we are posting it today. When we were unable to post, the old expression “a day late and a dollar short” rang in our ears. So, we’ve decided to devote today’s Thoughtful Thursday to favorite expressions our parents and grandparents always used, which got to the heart of so many matters. We’ve included brief definitions in case you haven’t heard them. Do you know all of these? Do your children? Enjoy.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short— late and unprepared

That and 50 cents will get you on the subway— A New York City based expression (established some time ago, since it has been a while since the subway fare was 50 cents), meaning don’t get too caught up with yourself.

Don’t spit on my head and tell me it is raining— don’t try to fool me

You make your bed hard you lie in it hard –you must suffer the consequences of your actions

(Give it) a lick and a promise— a quick cleaning

Between a rock and a hard place— having a very tough decision to make

(I have) a bone to pick with you — an issue which needs resolving

Champagne tastes and beer money (or beer budget)–big budget tastes on a small budget

If wishes were horses beggars would ride–if you could wish your way to success everyone would do so

That’s the pot calling the kettle black–you’re accusing others of things you do

They put their pants on one leg at a time–no one is more special than anyone else

Are the favorite sayings your parents or grandparents said here? If not, please share yours!

By |2014-04-04T11:30:25-04:00April 4th, 2014|Resources, Thoughtful Thursday|2 Comments


  1. Dionne April 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Beggars can’t be choosers–Sometimes you get what you get.

    Don’t bite the hand that feeds you–Don’t take people for granted

    Look what the wind blew in (Look what the cat drug in)–Look who showed up for a visit

    Don’t put all your eggs in one basket (or Don’t put all your irons in the fire)–Keep your options open, diversify, be careful in the choosing…especially how you earn and/or spend your money

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