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Ate Up Their Manners


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 meaning.”

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.”


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