Monday, November 04, 2013

NaBloPoMo Day 4: Grandma's suck what, now?

Last year, while I was sitting at my desk, a coworker came up to me and said "I know this is a bit like teaching a grandmother to suck eggs, but...blah blah blah" And of course my response was "excuse me say what now?"

This wasn't the first time I'd heard this saying. But whenever someone does say it, I giggle.

Essentially "teaching your grandmother to suck eggs" is to tell someone something they already know or to tell them how to do something they already know how to do.

It frankly sounds a bit raunchy, don't you think - sucking eggs? I've asked different Australians where this came from and some would say something about hard boiled eggs..WHAT? But wikipedia says "sucking the contents of the egg out without damaging the shell." Besides at Easter when we decorate eggs, I didn't realise there was a whole subculture of egg sucking going on?

Have you heard this saying? Is it British? We don't say this in America do we?

Also, I'm sorry to keep banging on about this survey - but have you filled it out yet?


19 comments:

  1. I don't know about sucking eggs, but my grandma showed everyone her new purple bra at my wedding. I think it must be a grandma thing. Maybe in Australia they suck eggs at weddings ...?

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  2. Um I have never heard that before - have I been asleep under a rock?! Just did the survey too - I have my fingers crossed for some tim tams hehe.

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    1. I think the older generations use it more than the younger ones?

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  3. Okay my goal is to incorporate this saying into my every day use because it CRACKS ME UP.

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  4. Oh my word, this totally sounds raunchy to me, ha! I've honestly never heard this before! I'm guessing it's not an American thing, although you may have just made it become one ;)

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  5. LOL I have never heard that saying before but now I must find a way to incorporate it so that I can see people's perplexed reactions!

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  6. Ha! My brother and I used "Go suck an egg!" as an insult when we were bickering growing up. I have no idea where we would have picked it up though.

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  7. I have never heard that saying. But now that I have, I need to use because it is hilarious!

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  8. That really is an odd saying. I've probably only heard it about two or three times but every time it weirds me out. ;-)

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  9. Frankly, I'd never want to use that term because the image of grandma's sucking eggs gets a little too erm, fetish-y for me :P

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  10. Haha, yes I've heard of it.. But I have never said it.. and I never fully understood it either! I always hated this line from a song or nursery rhyme; "Tough titty said the kitty when the milk went dry." Ew.. no one should say titty first of all..lol. But to say that it's 'tough' just gives me a grosses me out. Yea, I'm immature....!

    I tried to fill out your survey last week but when I submitted it it said I left a question blank and I went over and over it and I didn't. But I'll give it another try today.

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    1. Aw, I'm sorry. Some of them you're supposed to check two boxes - maybe that was it? If not. I'm sorry it was being a pain.

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  11. P.S. Deidre I did it again. It wouldn't let me choose all Social Media outlets that applied to me without it flagging that I didn't answer the question. Very strange. But for the record I use ALL of the social medias you listed.

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  12. Sucking eggs?! Bwahahaha! I must say I have NEVER heard that saying before! Pretty funny.

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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  13. This is the first time I am hearing that phrase. It does sound kind of raunchy and inappropriate!!

    XO Lourdes

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  14. OMG. First time I've heard that phrase...and yes it's kind of raunchy. Hilarious, but raunchy.

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  15. I've never heard that saying, but I guess those beautifully painted egg shells must get emptied somehow, huh?

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  16. My grandmas smoked and drank but neither of them sucked eggs.
    At least not in front of me.

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