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Some mothers do have 'em!

Posted by ESC on October 25, 2002

In Reply to: Some mothers do have 'em! posted by R. Berg on October 25, 2002

: : Does anyone know where this phrase came from or when it started?

: I don't know about that one specifically. It might be a relative of a very similar one, "Some mothers do have 'em!," discussed by Paul Beale, quoting other authors, in his revision of Eric Partridge's "Dictionary of Catch Phrases":

: "An old Lancashire saying popularised by Jimmy Clitheroe in radio's 'The Clitheroe Kid', which ran from 1958 to 1972. . . . Later, as 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em', the title of Michael Crawford's TV series. . . . The 'Don't some mothers 'ave 'em!" version was familiar also in Yorkshire."

I couldn't find anything -- looking for both "some people's children" and "other people's children." But the phrase does sound familiar. A TV commercial maybe?