When my daughter was three, plugging her in to the car seat was sometimes a challenge. She liked to squirm, sometimes from excitement and sometimes for other reasons. On one of the ‘other reasons’ occasions, it was my will against hers and she was determined to win. I finally got one of the buckle pieces in, but the other had slipped from my fingers. My daughter assumed the hanging strap was broken. “Tsk, tsk,” she scolded, “If you break it, you have to pay for it!”
I don’t know how Tsk, tsk became the onomatopoeia for scolding. It doesn’t seem to be exactly the right sound, but it’s adequate, I guess, to get the point across.
There are other ways to admonish and scold, like
This seems to be usually used as a dismissive scolding –
Is used when you don’t want or need to say exactly what is being told, and is of course an indirect scolding - the person being scolded is not the person being told.
Tisket a tasket
Um, I’m not sure that one was meant to be a scolding
Are you sure? It kind of sounds like she’s scolding herself (and the little girl who took her basket).
Hmm, maybe… OK, I’ll buy that.
Hey, you know what this post needs?
Tsk, there you go again! Trying to change the theme of our posts.
Yeah, OK. But you do know what this post REALLY needs?
What did I just say?
Tutt, tutt, have a little fun!
Yeah, you’re right. You know what this post really needs?
No, the A to Z Challenge button!
Ha! You got me there!
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