Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

The topic for the upcoming Carnival of Genealogy is the Family Language…Does your family use words and phrases that no one else knows or understands? Where did they come from? Did you ever try to explain your “family language” to outsiders? Tell a story about your family-coined words, phrases, or nicknames.
(This will be a short post, as I am getting reading for the upcoming Genea-Blogger Group Games and these “two-a-days” in this Texas heat wave are about to wear me out!)

Two phrases that immediately come to mind are emitted by my 92-year-old grandmother when she is frustrated or has caught us grandkids (and greats and great-greats) doing something we shouldn’t:

  • Oh, Yee Gods! Where did you get that!”
  • “What in the Sam Hill are you doing?”

I have no idea where “Yee Gods” or “Sam Hill” came from. But I remember hearing them directed at the children in the family from the time that I was a small child!
ADDENDUM- My cousin Susan has added a few more Nanny-isms:

  • Moose Mess
  • Damn son of a sea-cook
  • Mell of a hess

Thanks, Susan!


One thought on ““Oh, Yee Gods!”

  1. simplysusanblog says:

    You also must not forget:

    Moose Mess
    Damn son of a sea cook
    Mell of a hess

    Nanny certainly had an interesting way of expressing herself!


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