Weird History Fans Share Forgotten Words And Phrases From Their Childhoods

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Vote up the words and phrases that take you right back to childhood.

No matter when and where you grew up, there were words and phrases that you heard and will never forget. Some of the quips and comments you exchanged with friends were the epitome of contemporary slang, while the talking-tos you got from your parents likely contained words and phrases you heard over and over again. Regardless, there were plenty of things you said and heard during your childhood that probably aren't used anymore - and we wanted to know what they are. 

We asked Weird History fans to offer up some popular words and phrases from their childhoods that aren't used anymore and the results were delightful. They were full of nostalgia, made us smile, prompted a few eye rolls, and generally brought back some memories of our own. 

Take a look and see which ones send you time traveling back to your own childhood! 

  • 1
    126 VOTES

    Be Nice

    From Cassie:

    "If you don't have nothing nice to say, don't say nothin'" and "hold your horses."


  • 2
    113 VOTES

    Horses, Stones, And Water

    From Rebecca:

    "If wishes were horses, we'd all be riding."

    "Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me."

    "You can lead a horse to water but can't make them drink."

  • 3
    74 VOTES

    Stop Your Crying

    From Larry:

    The best one, "stop your crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.” Heard [this] way too many times growing up and not just from my parents.

    Sin added:

    "Wanna start crying, I'll give you a reason to cry."

    "You better change your face before I change it for you."

    And Amber had more:

    "Use that thing on your shoulders for more than an ornament."

    "I'll give you something to cry about."

    "Were you born in a barn?"

    "Children should be seen and not heard."

  • 4
    96 VOTES

    Where's The Beef?

    From Katherine:

    “What the H-E-double hockey sticks is going on?" 

    ”Where’s the beef?”


    “I am rubber and you are glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you”

  • 5
    67 VOTES

    Wait Until Your Father Comes Home!

    From David:

    "Wait till your father comes home!"

    So did Rodney:

    "Wait till your father gets home."

    Gerard did, too:

    "Wait til your father gets home."

  • 6
    71 VOTES

    Betsy Who?

    From Barb:

    Heaven’s to Betsy!