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What is that old saying where a person gives their lips a pretend twist?  They say, "tick a lock?"  "Pick a lock?"  Anyone?
#1 - May 08, 2012, 10:33 AM

I've only heard "my lips are sealed" when someone does that.
#2 - May 08, 2012, 10:46 AM
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tick-a-lock.
#3 - May 08, 2012, 10:47 AM
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I have never heard that expression. Is it regional?
#4 - May 08, 2012, 10:48 AM
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I've only heard "my lips are sealed" also. Never heard tick-a-lock. Does it mean the same thing?
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My kids' teachers taught them "zip it, lock it, put it [the key] in your pocket." That was new to me but now I say it all the time.
#6 - May 08, 2012, 10:57 AM
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I don't think it's regional--Tick-a-lock.  Thanks.  Though I do like "zip it, lock it, put it in your pocket."
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I don't think it is regional so much as old-fashioned. I've heard it on like, the Andy Griffith Show and things like that. My sister says it, too, but she is fond of old-fashioned type sayings.
#8 - May 08, 2012, 03:21 PM
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I KNOW I'm older than you, Lit (and your sister?), and probably you, too, Hair -- and I've never heard it!
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When I googled the expression, there weren't many references much listed except the Andy Griffith show and Archie Bunker! I am older than Lit but I never watched those shows, and it makes me wonder if the shows ever shared a writer.
#10 - May 09, 2012, 04:29 AM
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I found a reference to tick-a-lock via this:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/books/america-in-other-words.html?_r=1

As a kid, we would say this expression as a promise:  Cross my heart and hope to die....if I lie, kiss my elbow.
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#11 - May 09, 2012, 05:24 AM

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Hmm.  Nope, never heard that one either.
#12 - May 09, 2012, 05:36 AM
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Yeah, Edith Bunker said it on All in the Family, but that's the only place I've ever heard it.   :locked
#13 - May 09, 2012, 11:42 PM

I've heard tick-a-lock. The kindergarten teacher here always says, "Zip it, lock it, put it in your pocket."
#14 - May 10, 2012, 04:39 AM

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I've not heard of tick-a-lock! I like it though. Has a unique ring to it.

I spend a lot of time with kindergarteners and we do use "zip it, lock it, put it in your pocket" all the time. With hand motions... zip it [swipe hand in front of lips], lock it [push the lock shut], put in your pocket [push key into pocket and pat it for safekeeping.]
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It must be really old-fashioned, because even Edith Bunker had to explain what it meant.   :azn:

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