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Picture an ass over this, okay?"Because then you'd go ass over teakettle and you'd be ..."

Their looks stopped me.


"Ass over," my voice started to trail off.  "Teakettle?   You know that expression."

A collective, "What the heck are you talking about?"

My stammered response:  "My mom says this all the time.  About falling down or something?  My Grammie used to say it, too."

I am not the only one who knows this phrase.  Plenty of people know this phrase.  My mother knows this phrase, so I pick up the phone and call her office.  Her co-worker answers and knows who I am, as there are only three people that work in her office.

"Hi, Brian?  It's Kerri.  Is my mom there?"

"No, she's not.  Just stepped out for lunch.  What's up?"

"Okay.  Well I bet you can confirm something for me.  Does she ever use the phrase 'ass over teakettle?'"

"Oh sure she does.  There was that time she had us all doing cartwheels in the office breakroom and she said it then."

I put my hand over the mouthpiece of the phone and address my co-workers. 

"He said that my mom used that very phrase when they were doing cartwheels in the breakroom."

Co-workers start to chuckle at me.

"Of course she does cartwheels in the office."

I thank Brian, hang up the phone, and am instantly hit with the realization that the apple does not fall far from the tree. 

But if it did, it would tumble ass over teakettle, damnit.


OF COURSE other people use the phrase "ass over teakettle"! My dad used to (OK, still) says that, and I'm sure I've used it as well. Just not in my own work environment....seven year olds might not get it, and their parents might not approve. Though there are a few who should be....ok, never mind. :)

Had to call up my Grandpa on that one. He said it's a rather popular phrase where he grew up. (Canada) Said that he hasn't heard it in years though. I think I may start using it. I love it.

My mom uses the expression, "ass over tin cup". It's not exactly the same but close enough.

That's sooo funny, my grandfather used to use that term all the time!! :) Great post! :)

(i had no idea what you were talking about but i asked my mom and she knew right away. :) hehe).

Soo, what does it mean exactly? A big fall?


Same thing happened to me re: "wonky". Wonky is TOTALLY a word and NO ONE BELIEVED ME.

I've never heard that phrase! Oh what a fun-loving mother you have. I think my mom, too, would do cartwheels in the breakroom. I like to picture all the world's mothers doiong cartwheels. I love that!

Too funny! I once got this kind of a reaction to the phrase "He showed his butt". LOL! See if you have heard of that one. :)

I use that phrase frequently. It's descriptive. Although it is a bit scary when you find yourself saying the same things your mother said.

I've totally heard of that one. Have any of you heard of a "brush burn"? People look at me like I am nuts when I say that.

My grandpa used to say that, and so does my mom. So you aren't crazy. :-)

I've never heard that phrase before. I like it.

Why didn't your mom do cartwheels with Batman and Nicole?

OMG I'm laughing my tail off!

That is way better than "honked up."

My sister and I were laughing the other day about using phrases we picked up from my mom. We figured everyone said thinkgs like: "I need that like a hole in the head."

Oh the things that get passed down in families. :)

I swear I hadn't heard that until a couple weeks ago when one of the temps at THAT JOB said it. Now I hear (about) it again?

Kelsey, I think we might be related! I heard that I needed *x* like I needed a hole in my head more times than I can count. Of course, it was always when I was after something my parents didn't want me to have. And if I didn't shut up about it, I would be told I was going to be knocked ass over teakettle. LOL

Weirdest one in my family, though, was my grandma's phrase for something that was strange - she would say it was "like socks on a rooster". I always crack up when I think of that one....


Socks on a rooster - that is too funny! I may have to find a way to incoporate that into my daily vernacular.

And "ass over teakettle" means to take a big fall, yes. :) As someone who is not known for her grace, this is an oft-used phrase.

Here's a way to get Grandma's phrase into conversation, Kerri - The Rockies winning the World Series would be like socks on a rooster. (Geez, now if your beloved Sox lose, you can blame it on me, I guess...I'm hoping the BoSox beat the Rockies since they crushed the Dbacks, my home town team)

I use that phrase all the time! Today in the presence of some delicate ears, I had to quickly revise it to "elbow over teakettle," which makes even less sense.

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