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Favourite sayings: what's yours?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by monicabilongame, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Not my circus; not my monkeys.
  2. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Never heard that one but I like it! (although uttering it loudly when referring to set 9.10 may get me a disciplinary!

    Mine are:-

    1. You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs (in response to whingers about mess.)

    2. You have two ears and one mouth, use them in that ratio! (to noisy kids.)

    3. The glass is not half empty OR full. Its broken! (an expression of extreme pessimism for when a really bad situation warrants it.) - bit of a self invented saying there!

    4. Even a broken clock is right twice a day (a possible response to the child with the lowest IQ in the school getting a G as opposed to a U in a mock!)

    5. It becomes difficult to straight to straight think! (taken off an old army ad describing the effect of training at -20.C)

    6. 'Several standard deviations down the wrong end of the Normal Distribution' an over the top intellectually way of saying 'a complete ****'

    7. If you pay peanuts you get monkeys! (overheard said by a supervisor at a factory in exasperation at the 'low quality' of agency staff.)

    8. 'Horses for courses.'
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  3. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
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  4. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Handsome is as handsome does.
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  5. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Better keep the devil at the door than have to turn him out of the house.
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  6. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    No **** Sherlock.
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  7. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    A Music Teacher with whom I worked early in my career had inscribed on their planner/diary

    "Never try to teach a pig to sing - it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."

    A metaphor for teaching if ever there was one.

    My personal favourite is attributed to Billy Connolly:

    "Before judging a man try walking a mile in his shoes. Then who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes."
  8. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    'I'm not the maid, I'm not the cleaner, I'm not your mother'- to remind students to push chairs in and clean their rubbish at the end of a class.

    damnant quod non intellegunt
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  9. Rhoswen77

    Rhoswen77 Established commenter

    You are quite whimsical. I hope you are the whimsical one.
  10. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    She's no better than she should be...

    ...not that I really have the foggiest idea what that means!
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  11. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Can someone, please, explain to me what that means? :confused:
  12. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
    If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.
    You can't polish a turd.
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  13. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    It means that you should regard someone as handsome on the basis of their good actions, not their physical appearance. Which is a bit odd, since "handsome" is a word that means "of attractive physical appearance".
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  14. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Of a child (or a parent) who is pleasant but dim...They're doing the best they can with the equipment they've got.
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  15. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    My version of this was

    "I missed out on the mummy gene so....."
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  16. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    This reminds me of the one that goes "you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig" - something David Cameron might have found useful...

    Same sentiments, but more direct.

    Having worked in an environment where if you made errors they might have proved fatal to someone, another one I like, when someone's making a big deal about someone else's mistake is "it's ok - nobody died".
  17. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    frequently used in all sorts of contexts and with various individuals.

    "If that's the worst thing that happens to you this week, count yourself lucky"

    Actually I sometimes go on to list the various awful things that have happened to some one some where in the last 12 hours
  18. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    'My three year old has a time-out chair, do I need to bring it in?' Stroppy Year 7s do not like that one!

    damnant quod non intellegunt
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  19. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    ....sunt lacrimae rerum.....
  20. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Dum spiro spero.;)

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