It’ll Do #1LinerWednesday

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My grandpa had an odd, understated way about him. He would say something negative or faintly complimentary, but the grin on his face would tell you to ignore that and understand he was mightily pleased.

That line in the movie Babe, when the pig has just won the sheep-herding championship (OOPS! SPOILER!) reminds me of him: “That’ll do, pig.”

So today’s one-liner is sort of an all-purpose construction:

If you asked him how he liked your new dress, he’d say, “If that ain’t pretty, it’ll do ’til pretty comes along.” If you gave him supper, he’d say, “If that wasn’t good, it’ll do ’til good comes along.” You get the idea.

Do we still carry on with that? You bet we do.

If he wasn’t memorable, he’ll do ’till memorable comes along.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write an understatement that is or is not understood to mean a superlative.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “It’ll Do #1LinerWednesday

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      Marian Allen

      June 12, 2019 at 10:01am

      And it takes absolute trust in the teaser, that it’s love and not passive aggression. With Grandpa, it was so obviously love.

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  1. Alan K

    June 12, 2019 at 2:07pm

    Neat. I have been reviewing the various short story formats out there – flash fiction, 101 words, etc. This is fun!

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      • Alan K

        June 14, 2019 at 4:40pm

        Ooooohhhh. I’ll try that out thanks.

        See what I did there?

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  2. Deborah

    June 12, 2019 at 3:42pm

    Fun memory of your Grandpa’s wit and witisums.

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  3. Joanne Sisco

    June 16, 2019 at 9:33am

    ooooh – I like! I may just have to borrow this expression. It has a lot of potential ?

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