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Mumism: Common sentences and quotations used by mother's world-wide. "Mumisms" are genetically built into all mothers and are passed on from generation to generation. Sometimes found in other people's speech and includes repeated use of clich├ęs that make one's voice sound exactly like their mother's (see mother tongue).

See if you recognise any of these:
  1. "I'll treat you like an adult when you start acting like one!"

  2. "Electrical sockets are not for babies..."

  3. "I'm going to give you until I count to three..."

  4. "There are millions of starving children in Africa who would work for a week for that potatoe"

  5. "If you have to ask the answer is NO."

  6. "Honestly, that cardigan looks great on you - the girls had better watch out with you around!"

  7. ""I don't know" is NOT an answer!"

  8. "Wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident and have to go to hospital."

  9. "No don't worry about me, I'll just stay at home alone in the dark. You go and have a good time."

  10. "Your father is going to hear about THIS when he gets home!"

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