That’ll buff right out

In German there’s a human-related equivalent to “that’ll buff out”. When somebody hurts himself in a not too significant way, we say “that’ll be healed by the time you’re getting married.” At least that’s a very common phrase in my family … considering that we use a few uncommon and made-up phrases, it might not be universal though, haha. Or maybe it is truly universal and also common in other languages? You guys let me know!

Just recently, I pulled a Chuck, or shall we say, I “chucked up”, and broke off the side rear view mirror of our car. Not only that, but I also put a sizable dent and scratch in the car door. It was not as bad as the wing tip depicted in this comic strip here, fortunately. And at least the counter party was a steel beam, not another car. But, unlike Chuck, I didn’t continue driving afterwards!

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6 comments on “That’ll buff right out
  1. Sam says:

    My mother used to say “das gibt sich mit Siebzig”

  2. JP Kalishek says:

    that one looks a bit worse than the tips of two planes our night guy pranged at the second FBO I worked for. Night manager informed him he HAD to get several planes into the hanger due to pending arrival of a hurricane (late at night, in heavy winds and rain). One plane (the stationary on iirc) was a King Air, the other was slightly smaller. Night manager chewed him out and made sure and certain to inform the owner and General Manager when they arrived the next morning. BOth asked the same query on notification – “Where was his wing walker?” i.e. there are only two people working there at night (well 3 but the third was at an airline when this happened, fueling planes so they could bug out) and we are not supposed to push planes into a hanger without assistance so why wasn’t the Manager out there in the rain helping? Night Guy got counselled (“If anyone ever refuses to help like that, you call me, I don’t care what time it is” – owner) and the manager got bumped back to lead for a few months (just as much paperwork but also more physical work).
    iirc the same manager was why I quit the place after the buyout

  3. Liudmila says:

    There’s an identical saying in Russian, actually: “do svad’by zazhivet” – ”it’ll heal before your wedding day”.

  4. Fbs says:

    Could be worse : Check my favorite BEA report here : (and the pictures, no need to understand french)

    Chuck does always half the job…

  5. Bernd says:

    Where I live that’s not a common German saying about things healing by the time one gets married.

    But from what I see “that’ll buff right out” is only ever used ironically.

  6. Chip Burt says:

    We had an F-4 taxi a little too far one day. Radome was bashed in, and it knocked the tail section off of the other plane. Since it was that damaged, they couldn’t ship it to be repaired and did it locally almost as a project.
    The up side was that after about 18 months the maintenance guys really did a fine job and my A/C and I go to do an FCF (Functional Check Flight) on it where you wring it out and do a max speed test at 40 thou (we got to mach 2.26-fastest bird we ever had), and on a Saturday!

    Sounds boring, but Holloman AFB in ’78 was just getting a McDonald’s, which tells you how little there was to do.

    So ya see? There is a positive to almost everything – except running out of coffee.

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