What’s Said in Your Country When Someone is Caught Staring?


In New Zealand they have a taunting rhyme for someone who is caught staring…

Stare, stare, like a bear
Sitting on a monkey’s chair!

In the US, they say, “Take a picture, it’ll last longer!”

Frances Turnbull said they say the same thing in England.

Monique Palomares wrote from France, “The ‘Stare, Stare, Like a Bear’ rhyme reminds me of what we’d say when we were young and someone would stare, ‘Tu veux ma photo ?’ (You want my photo?) and the response would be ‘Non, je ne collectionne pas les photos de singe !’ (No, I don’t collect photos of monkeys).”

Edit’ Dupont from France wrote,  “If someone stares at you, some rude people say ‘tu veux ma photo?’.” She knows the saying without the response that Monique said as a kid. I asked if it was just kids who say it and she said, “Mainly kids and teenagers here too and very very rude and agressive adults!”

Glenda Bennett said kids and adults in Australia say, “Did I leave my 2nd head on?”

Sadie Campbell wrote, “It loses a bit in the translation, but in Jamaica we would ask the person staring, ‘If you see me again, will you recognize me?’

What do they say in your country when someone is caught staring?

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Mama Lisa

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