Has anyone ever heard the phrase, "Don't try to teach your grandmother to suck eggs."

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  1. foidulus macrumors 6502a

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    I was looking something up in a dictionary and I came across "Don't try to teach your grandmother to suck eggs." as an example sentence. Despite speaking English for almost 30 years now, I have never heard that phrase before, I actually had to google it to find out what it means. The general gist is that you shouldn't try to teach things to people who are more experienced than you, I guess grandma is a real egg sucker......

    Anyway I was just curious to see if anyone has ever heard/used this phrase before. Is it a regional thing?
     
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  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I have never heard that before. :confused: But now you can bet I'm going to use it. :D
     
  4. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    I think it's quite a common phrase in australia. I've certainly heard it before and use it myself without much problem.
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Neither have I.
     
  6. 184550 Guest

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    I've never heard it before but now I have a very disturbing mental image.
     
  7. Mr Kram macrumors 68000

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    Hahaha, true. I've never heard of this too.
     
  8. TheQuestion macrumors regular

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    Something similar in the Hobbit about Gollum's grandmother teaching him how to suck eggs.
     
  9. R94N macrumors 68020

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    Never heard of that phrase before. It's probably an American thing, sounds really unusual :D
     
  10. MacRy macrumors 68040

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    That's a pretty common phrase in the UK. Surprised you haven't come across it before R94N. Must be falling out of use and I guess you're a young whipper snapper (there's another one for you ;) )
     
  11. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I've heard it many, many times. However, I've never actually seen anyone's granny sucking even a single egg...
     
  12. foidulus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually being an American I thought it was a British thing :p
     
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    Or anything for that matter, thankfully.
     
  15. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    The only time I've ever heard this phrase is in the silly "Happy Happy Joy Joy" song from the classic Ren & Stimpy episode Stimpy's Invention. The verse in question:

    ... I don't think you're happy enough.
    That's right... I'll teach you to be happy!
    I'll teach your grandmother to suck eggs!...

    Otherwise, no. A disturbing image, indeed.
     
  16. jeremy h macrumors 6502

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    Really, really, surprised there's people here in the UK who haven't heard this phrase before. I've used it a lot (mind you I'm probably older than some of the other posters here) - particularly when trying to explain something to a client that they should really know about already. (I'm actually using it more and more these days ;) )

    Good pint about the mental image though - anyone got any fun alternatives?
     
  17. Jett0516 macrumors 6502a

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    question is....does anyone actually suck eggs?
     
  18. jeremy h macrumors 6502

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    Boys used to blow them if they were egg collectors. (All banned now though)
     
  19. Pillar macrumors 6502

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    same here
     
  20. skunk macrumors G4

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    Grandmothers used to suck eggs through a small hole in the shell at Easter so that they could be used as decoration for the season after the shells were painted. Presumably the general absence of teeth made grannies less prone to break the eggs. It's a vanishing skill...
     
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    Oh great, now I can add sucking to that mental image... :p
     
  22. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    Neither should you try and teach your grandmother how to grope her ducks.
     
  23. skunk macrumors G4

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    "God" forbid!
     
  24. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    Shouldn't it be "Don't try to teach your grandmother to blow (out) eggs." ?
     

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