Funny Phrases


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?

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Comments (4)


    When my girls were small I used “crumb buckets”…seems I needed two words to express myself. lol

    September 16, 2021 at 8:24 am
    • Karen Schulz

      HAHA. I Love that! 😉

      September 16, 2021 at 2:59 pm
  2. Lynne Sims

    My Grandmother and Mother, and of course me, all say (said) “Darn it!” Grandma also had 2 other saying, “Lands above” and” Well, I never!” I didn’t pick up those 2. We had a male friend who always said “Golly Gee.”

    October 1, 2021 at 8:53 pm
    • Karen Schulz

      My grandma used to save, “Well, I never.” Thanks for helping me to recall that memory. I’l still smiling.

      October 2, 2021 at 6:14 am
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