40 Favorite Grandma Sayings

Who doesn't love a good grandma saying, or a "Grannyism" as I like to call them? 

Growing up my grandma had some good ones. My mom, sisters and I love reminiscing about all the gems that came from Gram's mouth. Nothing takes us back in time to sitting on her Davenport (couch) like dropping a "Heavens to Betsy" or an "Oh dear" now and then.

Grandpa & Grandma (Dallas & Martha Cassell)- sometime in the 80s.

Gram and her four granddaughters, circa 1978.

Below is a list of my favorite Grannyisms that are too good to let fade away over time.

Thanks for the help from my mom, sisters and mother-in-law for these. I googled any I wasn't sure of (there were quite a few!) There were some that were straight up inappropriate that I removed from the list. But most of them are just  sweet, honest or hilarious.

50 Favorite Grannyisms:

1. Heavens to Betsy

2. Oh dear 

3. Oopsie daisy

4. You're barking up the wrong tree

5. I need that like I need a hole in the head

6. Goodness Gracious

7. That's My Cup Of Tea

8. I'll Be There With Bells On

9. Kick Up Your Heels

10. Happy as a Clam in High Water
(One of my favorites, thanks Maryann!)

11. Bless your heart

12. Be Still My Heart

13. You're The Cat's Meow

14. Don't be a Wisenheimer
(I'm bringing this one back immediately. I live with three of them)

15. Well, There’s no Accounting for Taste

16. Rise and shine

17. Up and at 'em!

18. Bright eyed and bushy tailed
(I learned this is actually referring to a squirrel- who knew!)

19. Do you have any gentleman callers?

20. Well, there’s no accounting for taste

21. A little bird told me

22. I've got a bone to pick with you

23. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

24. I've got to go see a man about a dog
(If you want to leave somewhere but don’t want to say why- and yes, I am SO using this one)

25. Burning the candle at both ends

26. Unmentionables

27. Mad as a wet hen

27. Dressed to the nines

28. The whole 9 yards

29. Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes.

30. Mind your Ps and Qs
(This one is a personal fav that my mother still says to this day to my kids. I always thought it had something to do with eating all your vegetables when invited to a friends house. But turns out it refers to keeping track of how many pints and quarts you have consumed at the pub so you don't end up drunk. I'm pretty sure Gram had no idea about the origin of this one!)

Gram on Kennebunk Beach in approximately 1969, with my sister, Jen,

31. Don’t throw the Baby out with the Bath Water

32. Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

33. Mind your own Bee’s Wax

34. You're No Spring Chicken

35. There's No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk

36. Well for Pete's sake!

37. That's enough from the peanut gallery

38. A Bee in your bonnet

39. Hush your Mouth 
(Thanks Nene!)

40. A Penny for your Thoughts

Towards the end of my Gram's life she couldn't hear very well and assumed you didn't hear her either. Now those were good ones! Oh, and if any of these have some other not-so-kind meaning to them, I apologize. I did do research on them, but several had multiple interpretations!

Well be still my heart!  I am as happy as a clam to announce the new Spring Collection featuring "Grannyism T-Shirts." These shirts are perfect to add some color (and sass) to your spring wardrobe. Just pair them with your favorite slacks and you're good to go! :)

Link to all the new T-shirts here!

Hopefully you will bring a smile to yourself and others when you wear them! 

Happy spring, you little whippersnappers.


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