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Inspired by the column of Rafaële Germain* who questioned the meaning of a rare but evocative expression, many readers sent us their favorite (almost) extinct expressions.

Jump over his glasses

My father said: “There’s no point in jumping over your glasses. » He used this expression when someone got angry. I still use it in confusing situations.

Catherine Tremblay

Don’t see inside

My mother, who is deaf, would be 109 years old. In Quebec sign language (LSQ), she always told us: “Don’t see inside. »It’s the most beautiful inheritance she gave me. We cannot know what the other is experiencing. His teaching: “So, be delicate when you address a person. You’re not wearing his shoes! »

Lise Trudel

Time is sad

An expression that I love and which comes from my mother-in-law’s father, who was called Ovila Boisvert and who lived in Mauricie, is the following: “Time is sad. » Instead of saying “it’s going to rain”. I find this expression tender and sweet.

Hélène Massé

Too strong doesn’t break

From my father-in-law Némèse Garceau, an ice merchant, who cut it on the river in Trois-Rivières.

Angela Garceau

Make a splash

Expression written by sound and used by my mother when she could no longer hear one or more of her six children because we were silently doing something wrong. For example: unroll the toilet paper roll, empty the cereal boxes on the kitchen floor to find the little gift, etc. “He must be having a mishap. »

Christiane Drouin

Neither done nor to do

My mother used to say about shoddy work: “It’s neither done nor to be done. » I use it sometimes.

Michele Doat

A dog takes a good look at a bishop

When I was young, I heard this expression a few times. As I interpreted it, this meant that we could ignore social classes.

Guy Tremblay

Have a deep pocket and a short arm

This expression means to be stingy.

Jocelyne Duhamel

You don’t work for the devil, you work for your brother

What our father told us to make us laugh and encourage us when he requisitioned us for a job. For example: stirring cement or shoveling earth.

André Pilette

Attracted like the female dog to Jacques

It would be interesting to read the origin of this expression.

Andrée Robitaille

Old as the Chemin de Chambly

My grandmother, born in 1904 in Marieville, used this expression profusely! On the other hand, I have no idea why it is the one from Chambly, and my mother, who is now 95 years old, still uses this expression! Your text really made me smile and reminded me that when I was young, when I thought I had discovered something extraordinary, I heard the following reply: “My little girl, it’s as old as the Chemin de Chambly!” »

Danielle Champagne


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