Parents say the darndest things

The real world is not a Karan Johar movie . And as thankful as we should be that our parents don't go prancing about in very fancy clot...

The real world is not a Karan Johar movie. And as thankful as we should be that our parents don't go prancing about in very fancy clothes, we must not discount the fact that they're loonies in their own right. Lovable loonies, but loonies nonetheless. In order to survive understand them, one must understand the language they speak. So here's a list of 10 statements that parents generally make, translated!

10. WHAT THEY SAY :
"Who's that boy/girl?"

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"That's not my future son-in-law/daughter-in-law, right?"


9. WHAT THEY SAY :
"Culture has changed so much these days"

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"Just because everyone is doing it, doesn't mean you get to"


8. WHAT THEY SAY :
"You can wear it if YOU want to"

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"Its way too short, paati would be frothing mad!"


7. WHAT THEY SAY :
"Now that you're grown up, you have to remember that you have certain responsibilities"

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"You're too big for us to physically reprimand, so please, listen to what we say"


6. WHAT THEY SAY :
"Mr.X's son/daughter is lovely. He/She does all the work at home and still manages top grades"

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"Where did we go wrong?"


5. WHAT THEY SAY :
"What's on facebook that you spend so much time on it?"

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"If you don't tell me the truth, I'll be creating a profile very, very soon."


4. WHAT THEY SAY :
"You won't understand now. When you have your own child, you will"

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"Hopefully by then, I'd have understood it too"


3. WHAT THEY SAY :
"Back in the day, we never spoke back to our parents!"

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"....It wasn't like they listened the first time anyway."


2. WHAT THEY SAY:
"I just want you to know that I am totally cool with dating. Just keep me informed.."

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"..So that I can lock you up the moment you do"


1. WHAT THEY SAY:
"You spend so much! Back in the day, we never used to ask our parents for any kind of pocket money"

WHAT THEY MEAN:
"We just collected in bulk as dowry."


While most of this post was conceived by my very large and awesome brain, He also helped. Little bit. :)

PS: No parents were harmed for the purposes of this post.


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74 comments

  1. Awesome post, loosu. :)

    "Mr.X's son/daughter is lovely. He/She does all the work at home and still manages top grades"

    I listen to something like this every day and the only difference is that my parents actually include "Where did we go wrong?" after that as well. :D

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  2. //"Who's that boy/girl?"//

    LOL... I couldn't agree more :D

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  3. Chutney, you are simply amazing. *bows down*

    I loved #1!

    And that "we're cool with dating, just tell us before you blah" is utter bullshit as you rightly pointed out :P

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  4. This one's right after my heart!
    Well done, you and you!

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  5. Haha...so true...lovely post! :)

    I think I need to add, that my parents, generally say 'what they say' followed by 'what they mean'....yes, they are different kind of loonies altogether! :P :D

    --Saranya

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  6. HAHA! Hilarious! Kudos to your very large and awesome brain :P

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  7. I see the TR-thangachi sentiment, but dual link-love?

    I often gett eh culture has changed dialog...

    woh log bhi kya kare, control nahin hota na!

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  8. "Who's that boy/girl?"

    Same pinch. :)

    How can I forget the constant "Yaaru da?" whenever I happen to run into a female friend anywhere.

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  9. Hahahaha. Once upon a time, my mom devoured all the science books that I amassed. And she used to pj me by saying that the only kind of dating that she is fine with is carbon dating.

    This is so funny!

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  10. soo cute! nice touch with "anna" helping you and all that")

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  11. wonderful post! :)

    how come there is a Mr.X's son/daughter for every family, who is extremely good at studies and an overall chamathu?? :) the worst part is when this chamathu is in ur class. for every exam, u get a question "antha ponnu/payyan evlo score panninan?"

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  12. loved 7 and 8.
    im sure no paatis were harmed during post-making either. :))

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  13. LOL, Nice post!
    And when in school if you introduce your friend to the parents they would ask:

    "Hmm, does he/she study well?"
    what they mean is "Kanda Kazhutha kooda sernthu kettu kuttisuvar aagidathe!"

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  14. I have to admit but this post truly cracked me up. Maybe because you collaborated with IITG.

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  15. How true! and isn't it funny...all the parents seem to have the same darndest thing to say ;)

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  16. This post so deserves an 'Edhir' post. Time to get back to blogging I guess, aleast to respond to these lunatic kids :)

    As a mother of a teenager, I can assure you the only reason I exist on facebook is to spy on him:)

    PS:Us parents know we are lunatics, you kids need to remember that you will be wherever we are in a decade or two :)

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  17. LOL @ Maduraiveeran.

    Been there, and not done that. STILL doing it!

    If I talk to a guy, now my mom asks me : A - ku ivane teriyuma?

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  18. reminds me of puppy manohar's liberal post.

    "My parents are liberal, I can get married to anyone except Muslim, BC,MBC etc."

    :p

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  19. I'm on the other side of the fence now, what with my elder son sprouting mustaches, spending inordinate amount of his free time on the internet and keeping his cupboards, drawers and desk locked.

    What parents think their kids mean when they say

    1. It's a bit complicated for you
    Trans:- You are a moron

    2. You can try unzipping the software and installing it into the root folder with admistrator privileges
    Trans:- You are a moron

    3. It's called hip-hop, dad. It's different from rock music.
    Trans:- You are a moron

    4. There is no F1 racing in India, dad
    Trans:- You are a moron

    and so on.

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  20. My amma asked my thambi, "Are you having an affair?"

    Poor thambi, who was gearing himself to tell her about his girlfriend was too taken aback to say anything. He muttered, "No..."
    ***

    And, with Thathaspeak, "You're actually becoming fairer these days."
    What it means, "You have a job, salary and you're of marriageable age!"

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  21. "We just collected in bulk as Dowry."
    Athi sundar athi sundar :P

    I kinda LMAO'ed when i thought on how you would react to each and every one in your family saying something or the other..

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  22. Ditto WA's comment :) :) Very tempting to do a counter-post :D

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  23. Could have been my parents you are quoting. :-) Of course, in my day (back in the 40s) we didn't have Facebook.

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  24. Close friend of mine in the US is a Bengali. This gem is from his household.

    He asked her "How 'bout if I marry a non-Indian girl"

    What she said: "We *prefer* Bengali"

    What she meant: "Non-Indian, and you DIE."

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  25. so so so true :D (ps: except the dating bit. my parents would have thrown a fit if they knew!)

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  26. Haha, this was an awesome post! :P

    Right up to the disclaimer at the end :P I think I am going to send this to my dad.

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  27. oh damn, I have such boring parents...

    I call up my mom and say "Had whisky tonight", and she's like "yeah, I knew you would try it some day"...

    and when I go, "what would you say if I bring home a non-tambrahm girl?" and they are like, "make sure to invite us to the wedding"...

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  28. Ha ha ha.... It took me almost 20 mins to post tis comment after i read the post....


    Couldn't help laughing so looong....

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  29. lol
    superb..wait till my parents read this (iff!) ...they'd definitely say something for you to decipher :P

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  30. Good Post! Lovable loonies.. well explained.. :)
    Agree with all the 10 points.. ;)

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  31. Thanks everyone!

    @inba, WA
    i'd love to see an edhir post! :)

    @naren
    ROFL!! :D

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  32. @ exchange variya?

    NO WAY!!

    I'd rather have boring parents than a boring life!

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  33. wow...so many of these I have heard myself...as for parents on facebook..I am suffering that ignominy right now!

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  34. lol!!!!!!!!!!! but all said and done, things just HAVE to happen their way..

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  35. ROFL !!!!!!!! hilarious, but true!!!!

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  36. Thenga chutney girl,

    i LOU your post!

    if blogger had a "like this" icon just as in facebook,I would have hit it a thousand times! :D

    Cheers!
    Iyerponnu

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  37. Yes!Yes! Definitely happens ALL the time :)

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  38. Had a blast Girl reading all your Blogs fo the past two days.keep writing ,you are too gud at this..Cheers

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  39. //5. WHAT THEY SAY :
    "What's on facebook that you spend so much time on it?"

    WHAT THEY MEAN:
    "If you don't tell me the truth, I'll be creating a profile very, very soon."
    //

    lol :) Hope that won't happen in my case

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  40. totally true.. very nicely written..

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  41. Very nice!! Very very nice!! :)

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  42. Another chutney classic. These things cease more or less when you leave home for a hostel though.

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  43. Hello!

    Amazing writing. I work for a magazine, can we use ur writing somewhere?

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  44. Brought back memories :) Thank you!
    Fantastic post, this!

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  45. Sorry to say, but I have read most of this earlier:
    http://sl-si.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=107920199490

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  46. @Anon: Stuff from this blog has been taken and been doing the rounds on the internet for pretty much ever. Look when the FB post was made, and when this post was made.

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  47. ha ha ha :) real good one...

    ps. i know its quite a delayed comment.. but then i stumbled across it only now.. d post was really really good that i had to comment :)

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  48. it was very funny..:D
    good one! :)

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  49. @Anon: Stuff from this blog has been taken and been doing the rounds on the internet for pretty much ever. Look when the FB post was made, and when this post was made.

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  50. //5. WHAT THEY SAY :
    "What's on facebook that you spend so much time on it?"

    WHAT THEY MEAN:
    "If you don't tell me the truth, I'll be creating a profile very, very soon."
    //

    lol :) Hope that won't happen in my case

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  51. Another chutney classic. These things cease more or less when you leave home for a hostel though.

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  52. Very nice!! Very very nice!! :)

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  53. Good Post! Lovable loonies.. well explained.. :)
    Agree with all the 10 points.. ;)

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  54. Ha ha ha.... It took me almost 20 mins to post tis comment after i read the post....


    Couldn't help laughing so looong....

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  55. oh damn, I have such boring parents...

    I call up my mom and say "Had whisky tonight", and she's like "yeah, I knew you would try it some day"...

    and when I go, "what would you say if I bring home a non-tambrahm girl?" and they are like, "make sure to invite us to the wedding"...

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  56. so so so true :D (ps: except the dating bit. my parents would have thrown a fit if they knew!)

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  57. Could have been my parents you are quoting. :-) Of course, in my day (back in the 40s) we didn't have Facebook.

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  58. This post so deserves an 'Edhir' post. Time to get back to blogging I guess, aleast to respond to these lunatic kids :)

    As a mother of a teenager, I can assure you the only reason I exist on facebook is to spy on him:)

    PS:Us parents know we are lunatics, you kids need to remember that you will be wherever we are in a decade or two :)

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  59. LOL, Nice post!
    And when in school if you introduce your friend to the parents they would ask:

    "Hmm, does he/she study well?"
    what they mean is "Kanda Kazhutha kooda sernthu kettu kuttisuvar aagidathe!"

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  60. wonderful post! :)

    how come there is a Mr.X's son/daughter for every family, who is extremely good at studies and an overall chamathu?? :) the worst part is when this chamathu is in ur class. for every exam, u get a question "antha ponnu/payyan evlo score panninan?"

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  61. HAHA! Hilarious! Kudos to your very large and awesome brain :P

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