This morning I got to work and went into the ladies’ room and happened to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. One expression immediately came to mind: Death warmed over.
Death warmed over is what my mother used to say to describe just about any appearance of exhaustion, haggardness, or overall unattractiveness in the face department. As in: “I hardly slept at all last night. I look like death warmed over.” Or: “Sweetheart, how late were you out with those girls? You look like death warmed over.” Or “I need to put on some lipstick or else I’ll look like death warmed over.” I have no idea what death warmed over means or where my mother came up with it. I just think it’s a funny expression. And clearly one that has been branded on my brain. And, as I get older, one that I use more and more often to describe my own appearance. But I suppose that is a discussion for another time, perhaps one involving alcohol or a therapist’s office.
Naturally, weird expressions from other mothers welcome below.