#SoCS – May 7 2022 – Phrases I Grew Up With

Linda’s SoCS prompt

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a phrase you grew up with.” Include in your post a phrase your mom/dad/grandparent/sibling used all the time when you were growing up, or just write whatever inspires you based on that phrase. Enjoy!

Coming from such a colourful background with where my family originates, culturally, as well as the locations they have lived, it means that there have been plenty of different phrases in a multitude of languages that have been used regularly. We have Punjabi phrases, English phrases, as well as Swahili ones since that is where my parents were born and brought up.

One of my favourites is most definitely Hakuna Matata, which is the Swahili phrase made famous by Disney with the release of The Lion King. It means no problem – a phrase used regularly in Kenya, where folk are so laid back they are practically horizontal!

A phrase bandied about a lot in my childhood as nothing was ever a problem. No matter what the issue, Hakuna Matata! It will get sorted out, don’t worry, just chill out! And I was even happier when the film came out and other friends of mine were suddnely aware of a language once foreign to them, and now a common phrase!

In Punjabi, Gadha, or Gadhe da Putar was another funny one. Gadha means donkey or ass. So calling someone a donkey or son of an ass when they were being particularly stupid or stubborn was a common one, too.

A common English phrase used is probably Don’t beat about the bush, because, as you know I do like a chat, and can go round and round before I ever get to the point!

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    May 08, 2022 @ 22:29:35

    Really, all three are wonderful, but Gadha is a great idea, if you want to say the truth, but not be sued instantely. Lol Thanks, Sis! xx Michael

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  2. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    May 08, 2022 @ 22:28:23


  3. Dan Antion
    May 08, 2022 @ 11:59:47

    I like all three of these, Ritu, but I would be susceptible to hearing the last one. I hope you have a good week.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Jennie
    May 08, 2022 @ 02:58:33

    I love, LOVE this! Hakuna Matata, Ritu!

    Liked by 1 person


  5. revivedwriter
    May 07, 2022 @ 20:10:12

    That’s cool to know about Hakuna Matata! Also, “so laid back they are practically horizontal” made me laugh. 😀

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Sadje
    May 07, 2022 @ 12:48:21

    If I said anyone a kadha, it would have very serious consequences 🤣

    Liked by 1 person


  7. beth
    May 07, 2022 @ 11:47:16

    I love all of these!

    Liked by 1 person


  8. willowdot21
    May 07, 2022 @ 11:16:05

    Lol love this Sis. 💜💜💜

    Liked by 2 people


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