Sayings

Some of you may have heard these . . .

  • If you can ask a question like that you can answer it

  • And your point is?

  • Not a deep thinker

  • Unclear on the concept

  • A snare and a delusion

  • The days run together like two-finger poi

  • Been there done that

  • When in doubt, overdo

  • Is that so very wrong?

  • Coincidence? I don't think so

  • You're giving me that look

  • None for you, pieface

  • Not after you’ve goobered all over it

  • “Don’t know why I made that pie, ain’t nobody goan’ eat it” (quoting his grandmother; Okie accent)

  • [reading in dim light] "put’ch eyes out" (ditto)

  • Aren’t you in the catbird seat (his mother’s saying)

  • Coulda woulda shoulda

  • Alea jacta est, sat est verborum (quoting his mother, the Latin teacher)

  • Vorrei e non vorrei

  • Finiti la commedia

  • Es mejor

  • Mas o menos

  • Hombron! (in admiration, regardless whether man or woman)

  • L’une, l’autre

  • POS

  • wow-ee

  • Got to be a hunderd cuz ninety-nine percent won't do (in a thick bluesman accent)

  • Everything’s in a state of chassis (Sean O’Casey, Juno & the Paycock)

  • Do-mi-do duds (The 5,000 Fingers of Doctor T)

  • A mere bag of tells

  • Oh my gollies

  •  “And the rivers run down to the sea, and the sea is not full” (Ecclesiastes 1:7)

  •  “Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air”  (Thomas Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”)

  • "Chief Iffucan of Azcan in caftan/Of tan with henna hackles, halt!" (Wallace Stevens, "Bantams in Pine-Woods")

  • Goodness had nothing to do with it (this is a movie quote, but he used it when someone said "Goodness!" in the right context)

 

Don’s son Norman contributes these:

  • Disgusted but not surprised (usually muttered after seeing my latest report card)

  • I do have a hammer....but where?

  • Jesus-H-f*cking-baldheaded-christ!

  • Oh dear god!

  • Can’t see? Can’t hear? Ohhh, what’s going to happen to him?

  • Spavined

  • Don’t forget to warsh your hands

  • And the horse you rode in on!

  • Well, this is a fine mess you’ve gotten us into!

 

Favorites from movies:​

  • I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille

  • I want you to know I really appreciate this, Mrs. Robinson.

  • I don't like the looks of these waters

  • I can't talk now, something big has come up.

  • Of all the gin joints in Casablanca, she had to pick this one.

  • No, this is your last glass of elderberry wine.

  • Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night.

  • Mongo love candy!

  • You want I should clear the table, Blanche?

  • Pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain

  • Attention must be paid to such a person

  • Let him win

  • Let's get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini.

  • Let's get into our outfits, Bruce.

  • We don' got to show you no stinkin' bodges

  • Cmon up to the lab, and see what's on the slab.

  • Put—the candleback!

 

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There’s a beautiful local native bleeding heart (wildflower), Dicentra formosa.

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