Service of Favorite Expressions

July 26th, 2021

Categories: Bakery, Expressions, Money

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

I went overboard the other day when checking out a new branch of a Manhattan bakery, Dominique Ansel Workshop, and texted a friend–along with some photos of the goodies I was going to taste test. I wrote: “I bought three things because they said the ham and cheese croissant just came out of the oven so since I am printing money in the back room…”

She responded: “Hahah! That’s one of my jokes! I print singles, harder to get caught.”

Then I wrote that my father used to say when he’d seen or bought an overpriced thing that it cost “Les Yeux De La Tête.” [the eyes of the head].

She replied: “That’s funny. My family would say the money tree out back died.”

And so this post was born.

I often say or write onward; golly Moses or holy smokes. I love the image and meaning of vintage sayings. A favorite: the cat’s pajamas though I don’t use it much. According to Google: “‘The cat’s pajamas’ is first recorded in 1920 as part of the typical vocabulary of Jazz Age flappers and was soon popularized by cartoonist Tad Dorgan in his comic strip Indoor Sports.”

What are some of your favorite expressions? Did your family have an expression to refer to things that were expensive or when a member was spending money like crazy?


Dominique Ansel bakery on east 27th Street, NYC.


19 Responses to “Service of Favorite Expressions”

  1. Helen Rabinovitz Said:

    “Oh dear bread and beer if I was rich I wouldn’t be here!” Find myself saying that a lot! Also
    “If wishes were horses beggars would ride!”

  2. Hank Goldman Said:

    Get out of town.

  3. Jeanne Byington Said:


    These are new to me!

  4. ASK Said:

    My mother’s favorite: It cost an arm and a leg…

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I’ve used the arm and a leg one too!

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Good one! Haven’t heard it in a while and I may reinstate it as one of mine.

  7. Hussein Ahman-Uttah Said:

    I like the one describing Trump supporters interest in destroying America’s place in the world, political system, economy etc etc. It is said to be based on the old Russian proverb “The blaze in my neighbour’s hayrick warms the tea in my samovar”

  8. Jeanne Byington Said:


    A proverb with flair that creates a vivid image.

  9. Francine Ryan Said:

    Francine on Facebook: “It cost the moon” and “she spent money like it grew on trees.”

  10. Lucrezia Said:

    Lucrezia on Facebook: A British expression: “Spending like Billy-ho!” or the more mundane, “spending like there’s no tomorrow!”

  11. CBW Said:

    My mother uses “la peau des fesses” – not so classy.

  12. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I’d not heard about Billy-ho!

  13. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Same response to you as to Lucrezia: Not familiar but OUCH! Which is the point!

  14. MarthaTakayama Said:

    It cost an arm and a leg…
    A dear friend says cuckoo for cocoa puffs!

  15. MarthaTakayama Said:

    A dear friend sats “Cuckoo for cocoa puffs.
    Another says Champagne taste and a beer budget!

  16. CBW Said:


    The cocoa puff expression is new to me.

  17. Kathleen Said:

    My father said “Watch your pennies and the dollars will save Themselves.” And I always pick up pennies on the street.

  18. Eileen Dover Said:

    When the restaurant check would come, my ex would always say, “who got caviar?”

    Others saying I tend to use…“knock on wood”, “pu pu pu”, and “touché” !

  19. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I LOVE “who got caviar?” SO FUNNY!

    I, too, knock wood. Don’t say touché much anymore but may again. Forgot how perfect it can be.

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