Dad had all these
expressions. As a child we knew what they meant, that is vaguely, we
knew. Regrettably I did not write them down. Once in a while a memory of
one or another surfaces. Recently coming to mind was the one he used that
said, “They Ate up Their Manners.” Dad was a voracious student and reader
for his whole life. I think this might have had something to do with the
fact that he only went to three years of school. As a child he had such
terrible asthma attacks.
The teachers were too
willing to allow him to stay at home.
At any rate while thinking
of this expression, “They Ate Up Their Manners,” I decided to look up the
word–ate—in the dictionary. Here it is and was I ever surprised. Another
expression Dad had was, “It just shows tah go yah!” We all, of course,
know this is really the chiche, “It just goes to show you.” Dad loved
cliche's and it saddens me because modern writing looks down on their use.
Oh well, we continually adjust to this world. I do adjusting well so this
is okay too.
Here is the definition from
the dictionary for–ate:
An ancient Greek goddess
personifying the fatal blindness or recklessness that produces crime and
the divine punishment that follows it. Special uses of ate, reckless
impulse, ruin, akin to aaein to mislead, harm.
Now let me see, I must
research the word-aaein.
Hmmm. Aaein typed into
Google, takes me to a language site which says, “The Hebrew language is
isometric. The Hebrew letters has a magical power and a hiding of
Okay, I'm thinking, Dad you
have been gone for eighteen years, and here you are, still teaching me.
“So, I'm game!” I think to
myself. “Here goes.”
The next thing to come up
is Talpur princes of Mirpurkhas and their sons: 2. Mir Ali Muhammad Khan
Talpur 2. Mir Muhammed Hassan Khan Talpur with his son.........
“Oh no, you don't.” Dear
Dad, I am not even going there. I love to read and research but this
looks like it could take forever. “And anyway,” Dad, “It was your
teaching skills to have fascinated me the most. Who would have thought
that little phrase, 'They ate up their manners,” would contain such a
banquet of knowledge.”