What Special Quips Did Your Uncles Have? Here Are Mine

I loved my uncles, but they came up with some phrases (‘beauts’) that I have compiled. With translations….

Two ba four… 2×4
New York Jints…Giants, of course


Scituate, RI Reservoir

Scituate, RI Reservoir


Down river…To the beach
Up river…To the beach

Up New Hampshear…going to or living in…New Hampshire

Put in that way…Pregnant
Beach wagon…Ranch Wagon/Station Wagon


Joe Ferrara… Actor, Jose Ferrer

Do you have any? Let’s hear them!

© 2017

By | 2017-07-10T16:10:04+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Family|10 Comments


  1. Mary Jane George May 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    My “Unca” Dan, my Father’s brother, a bachelor till his mid fifties, a RISD grad and according to stories a “Man about Town” in his younger years. Had a few beauts, after dinner, he ate with us a lot, my Mother would be serving dessert, there was always dessert. He would hold up his dirty dinner plate to accept the slice of pie or cake and say “it all goes down red lane”, my brother and I would gag. When slightly intoxicated he always sang “I want to get you on a slow boat to China” to the nearest female. He never drove, always used the “UER” worked in Pawtucket forever, took the bus downtown on Saturday to do his meat shopping at “Weybossett Pure Feud” Market. Always been one of my unforgettable relatives, lucky we had him till he was 82.

    • Ed May 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Funny and unique, Mary Jane. Yes, I too would like to have another cup of coffee with them. Would that I had a chance to video them. It would be a hit TV show.

  2. O V May 15, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    My father-in-law had a memorable saying.

    When a lady married a man with a lot of money, he would say, ” She sure stuck her ass in a tub of butter ! “

    • Ed May 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      That is SO funny, OV. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Aldo Sammartino May 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    My father had problems with a u and a W he would say lookhunder the paper and close the vindicated, and my uncle had a problem with garbage and cabbage !

    • Ed May 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Funny and unique, Aldo. They were special, memorable.

  4. Aldo Sammartino May 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Vindivs damn auto spell

  5. Joe Rainone May 30, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Hi Ed:
    I do remember some of the quips my Uncles had. They were all base ball fans and referred to some of the major league cities as: ChaCargo (Chicago), Ballymore (Baltimore) and Chinsinati

    • Ed May 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Joe. Yes! I remember my uncle saying Ballymore.

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