Something went wrong and the first words out of my mouth were “Oh, Crumb!”
My 19-year-old grandson, Tyler, was present and heard me. He started laughing, raised his eyebrows, and gave me a look that said, “Really? Where did THAT come from?”
Oh, now that I think about it, he actually said it out loud.
The answer is… I don’t know.
I have reached back into my memory and know I’ve used that phrase for as long as I can remember. I don’t, however, have any mental images of my mom or my grandparents, or anyone else for that matter, using that phrase. It’s just always been in my vocabulary.
So I went to my Facebook page this week, said that I use the phrase “Oh, Crumb” and asked what uncommon phrases my readers use. One reader said that her grandmother used to say “Oh, crumb.” So I know I didn’t make it up.
Another reader said her grandmother used to say “Oh, my laws.” I remember my grandmother saying, “Oh, my lands.” Or was it “laws?” As a child, did I mishear her?
Among other phrases listed, the most unusual (and unknown to me) were: “Well, knittin’ kittens,” “For the love of Elmo,” “Goodnight Nurse!” and “Ag nee man (pronounced “mun – which is Afrikaans for Oh No Man,”
So how about you? What pops out of your mouth, instead of a curse word, when something goes wrong?