A discussion is going on, the question ~ and she poses a lot of questions in her Status Updates ~ asking what expressions our parents used when we were growing up. Just things they said a lot and we found ourselves saying to our children.
I do not remember my parents saying: "Stick out your tongue, so I can see if you are lying" or "I'll wash your mouth out with soap". Never knew where I came up with the first one, but it worked. I think. My kids would obey and stick out their tongues; maybe getting a sheepish look on their face as they did so. Hard to know who is telling the truth when two children tell opposing stories; um, ditto when two adults claim the opposite of each other.
Middle daughter, said "I can still taste the Palmolive", yet I have zero recall of actually following through on the soap in mouth threat.
Not where this post was intended to go, so will start a new one.