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People Are Sharing Their Moms’ Adorable Catchphrases (20 Posts)

I’ve been blessed with some fantastic parents, including a mother who tries to get me to buy a new car that she’s interested and drive it across the country so that I can then talk that vehicle up to my dad, somehow combining a guilt trip to visit soon with a very practical errand? Either way: hilarious. Not masterful by any means, but we had a good chuckle.

So suffice it to say, I love a good mom story and Reddit recently had a thread in which people shared the most “mom” sayings their mothers say. Enjoy!

1. Dazzle

“’If you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your bullshit.’ It always made me feel better about taking exams or going on interviews.”


2. Souvenir

“My mom says, ‘What do you think you are, just a souvenir of a good time?'” —allysonf4b86222dc

3. Not my monkeys

“My mom always says, ‘Not my circus, not my monkeys’ when something isn’t her problem.” —abbye4ec824cc6


“‘I’m sorry for interrupting you while I was talking.’ It’s actually a pretty clever one.”


5. Give a Shit Face

“‘I’m sorry, did I put on my give-a-shit face today? Because I didn’t mean to.'” —latinasbarbie

6. Good enough!

“If something doesn’t come out as planned but my mom is done dealing with it, she’ll just say, ‘Good enough for government work.’ Everyone in my family now says it and she has no idea where she got it from.” —laurenc94

7. A lie

“Anytime I couldn’t remember something I was going to tell my mom as a kid, she would respond by saying, ‘Must’ve been a lie.'” —incredibella

8. Look at me with that tone

“‘Don’t look at me in that tone of voice!’ she’d say whenever we’d roll our eyes or make any facial expression she didn’t approve of.” —nates4b86b8aaa

9. Better door

“When standing in front of something she wanted to see: ‘You make a better door than a window.'” —megang41c229926

10. Ice water

“Whenever my siblings or I complained about something we couldn’t have, my mom would say, ‘Well, people in hell want ice water.'” —badluckgypsy

11. Remember

“Every time I’d leave for a party in high school, she’d say, ‘Remember who you are and whose you are.'” —lindsaya4d79e1e05

12. Just in case

“My mum’s catchphrase is, ‘Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.’ It’s the reason we always have three times the amount of stuff we actually need.” —mlybsmile

13. Shoe size

“Whenever my siblings and I would squabble or argue, she would say, ‘Act your age, not your shoe size.'” —ctaiwo

14. Not as I do

“‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ She’s a gem.” —astoryofpuppetry

15. Dictatorship

“Whenever you’d argue with her about something she asked you to do, she would say, ‘This household isn’t a democracy — it’s a dictatorship.'” —ctaiwo

16. Hold onto your butts!

“Every time my mom makes a sharp turn or accelerates, she yells, ‘Hold on to your butts!'” —jumoss

17. A Herd of Turtles

“Whenever the whole family was leaving to go somewhere together, my mom would say, ‘And we’re off like a herd of turtles.'” —graciet4915dfe66

18. Bright Side

“‘No brains, no headaches’ is what my mom says every time someone does something stupid.” —careyg3

19. Carpenter pals

“When my mom gets mad, she says, ‘Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and all of his carpenter friends.’ I know she’s mad when she says it, but it makes me smile when I hear it.” —maddsb

20. Good parking

“Anytime my mom finds a prime parking space, she says, ‘Live a good life, get a good parking space.’ She’s said it so much that now my friends and I say it!” —rachelk4887a5a09