Brits favourite ‘mumerisms’ revealed in celebration of our amazing mums

6th March 2023

Manners cost nothing’, ‘Close the door, were you born in a barn?’, and ‘Eat your carrots, they’ll help you see in the dark’ are revealed as the nation’s top favourite ‘mumerisms’. 

As an ode to mums and mother figures up and down the country, has polled the nation to find out what our most loved mum sayings are ahead of this year’s Mother’s Day.   


Top ten ‘mumerisms’:  

  1. Manners cost nothing 
  2. Close the door, were you born in a barn? 
  3. Eat your carrots, they’ll help you see in the dark 
  4. Take your coat off or you won’t feel the benefit 
  5. If the wind changes, your face will stay like that 
  6. Eat your greens 
  7. I want never gets 
  8. Put yourself in their shoes 
  9. You’re burning the candle at both ends 
  10. Everything works itself out


For those left feeling nostalgic, why not ditch the flowers this Mother’s Day and make their day by booking a train ticket to see them? According to new research from, that’s all she really wants anyway (21%)*.  


With mums also revealing that the worst thing about Mother’s Day is not seeing their children (19%), followed closely by the idea of their kids’ spending money on them (17%), has the perfect gift idea that would mean more quality time together and less time filling a basket with items that don’t mean as much.  


The perfect gift this Mother’s Day 


If you live nearby to the mother figure in your life, why not surprise them with a Two Together railcard and commitment to having more adventures with her throughout the year. A Two Together railcard offers 1/3 off train fares allowing you to spend more time together and less money visiting places old and new. 


Alternatively, if over 60 years old, a Senior Railcard enables your mum to travel solo with the same 1/3 fare discount, with access to First Class bookings, meaning she can arrange trips to exciting new locations across Britain or simply visit you more often.  


All railcards cost £30 and can save you an average of £140 per year. What’s more, when buying through you can benefit from a range of great deals that you can enjoy together, making Mother’s Day last more than one day. Here are some of the best offers: 


  • Virgin Wines - £50 to spend at Virgin Wines plus FREE delivery & FREE Glasses worth £18! 
  • - Save 5% on a booking with a Senior Railcard 
  • Theatre tickets - Save up to 50% on theatre tickets and gain access to our exclusive offers! 
  • Virgin Experience Days - Save 20% with a Senior Railcard on Virgin Experience Days 


A day out with mum 


For those looking to take their mum out for the day by rail, you can benefit from National Rail’s 2FOR1 tickets to various attractions across Britain when booking tickets via There, you’ll find something for every mum, including the period drama fan, the gardener, the chocaholic and everything in between:  


Kew Gardens, London - London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site with 300 acres of natural wonders, including Kew Palace, an indoor rainforest in the tropical Palm House, and the Great Broad Walk Borders 

Nearest station: Kew Bridge 


Chocolate VIP Tour, London - London's finest Artisan Chocolatiers in Mayfair area samples Truffles and Ganaches, which include a Marmite truffle and Champagne truffles and 10% off any purchases made during the tour 

Nearest station: London Victoria 


Bridgerton Tour, Bath – a tour which will promenade through Bath’s beautiful and historic streets, showcasing Bridgerton's filming locations while enjoying the music and sounds of Bridgerton through headphones 

Nearest station: Bath Spa 


British Music Experience, Liverpool - tells the story of British Music through costumes, instruments, performance, and memorabilia, where visitors can learn a musical instrument, from drum kits to keyboards, produce their own record in a vocal booth, or practice dance routines in their ‘dance the decades’ experience 

Nearest station: Liverpool Lime Street 


City Cruises, York - escape the city and enjoy York from a different perspective with an entertaining and informative tour of the River Ouse 

Nearest station: York 


Birmingham Botanical Gardens - with four stunning glasshouses showing tropical rainforests to an arid desert, a playground, tearoom and Japanese Gardens, all surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in Britain, there’s something for everyone 

Birmingham New Street 



For more information and to buy a Railcard today, visit 



Notes to Editors 

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Research conducted by the Rail Industry 

Consumer research was conducted with Censuswide between 18th – 20th January 2023. The research surveyed 2,015 UK consumers and was nationally representative. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles. 

About National Rail 

Rail Delivery Group manages National Rail products and services on behalf of the rail industry. National Rail provides customers with journey planning, real time, fares, and rail-related information. National Rail also helps customers save 1/3 on most rail journeys (and 60% on kids’ fares) with Railcards. The range of Railcards consists of 16-25, 26-30, Family & Friends, Two Together, Senior, Disabled Persons, Veterans and Network Railcard. There is also a 16-17 Saver that saves customers 50% off their rail journeys, including season tickets. For more information visit For more information on journey planning, fares and booking travel assistance visit 

* 21% of mums want to see their children this mother’s day at their house or the house of their child