When I lived in Portugal I had a friend that used to say “My word” or “Oh my word” all the time. We decided that we were going to come up with our own phrase to use instead of that one. Since most of our frustration came when dealing with people and their idiocy … we decided to say, “People”. In this case we were saying it in Portuguese so it was “Gente” … pronounced “jenchee”. Try it out … the next time someone cuts you off in traffic … try “Gente” on for size … it rolls off the tongue quite nicely.
Another favorite phrase of mine is, “I didn’t try to.” I watched with my own two eyes as a student picked up a rock, threw it at another student, and hit him in the head. When I asked why he did that he said, “I didn’t try to”. Well there you have it … if he “didn’t try to” then I guess he was really just as shocked as I was when the other boy started bleeding from the head.
My newest favorite phrase comes from a boy at church. I think he’s about 3 or 4. Last week when his mom told him he needed to get ready for school he replied, “I can’t want to.” I can relate to that … can’t you?! Unfortunately, the fact that “I can’t want to” doesn’t mean that I don’t have to.
Lastly, as I watched cops the other night, I saw a man being arrested. He kept saying over and over “What am I sposed to did?” They were telling him to put his hands behind his back etc. He did nothing, while repeating, “What am I sposed to did?” I … along with the confused officers … never quite figured out if he was asking about “what he had done wrong” or “what they were asking him to do now”.
I think all the readers of BASE are either … teachers, parents, or spouses … so I know you’ve heard some great phrases … please share.