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say it with me now - the wreck of the...

Do all parents have goofy things they say? My mother, when I was growing up, regularly told me that I looked like a ragamuffin. If ragamuffin wasn't strong enough a word, she told me I looked like the wreck of the Hesperus.

The Wreck of the Hesperus is a poem by Longfellow. It's about a sea captain and his daughter who both die in a storm. However, my mom totally meant that I looked like a mess, not like a drowned sea captain's daughter - as far as I know.

(Writing this down, I realize it may sound like my mom was mean regarding my appearance. On the contrary, I am just an extremely ragamuffiny person, and always have been. I don't even know where my hairbrush is right now.)

I asked Star what her parents said that she never heard anywhere else, and she gave me this:

Little Miss Muffet sat on her stool Eating her cottage cheese Along came an arachnid and sat down beside her And said Whatcha got in the bowl, toots?

I don't know what the best part is. That cottage cheese totally is curds and whey? That arachnid is a way funnier word that spider?

I think it might be the 'toots'.

Another friend's mom was famous for 'uno mas cerveza por favor!'. (They are not a Spanish speaking family.)

Anyway, what kinds of things did your parents say, that you haven't heard anywhere else? I put out a general call for examples to my IM friends, too, so I'll add any that come up.

In the meantime, I'm sure you don't look like the wreck of anything, you cutie you.

I am taking this very seriously

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