Brendan Grace on the unique turns of phrase used by Irish mothers when dealing with their children.

Christmas is a special time for mothers and their families, remembers Brendan Grace,

She's lovey-dovey and all that. But what about the other three hundred and sixty four days?

Not everyone may be aware that mothers also have unique vocal talents,

Every mother is a ventriloquist. She could speak to you without moving her lips.

Mothers also prepare children for all the confusing situations they might encounter in life, regularly issuing statements such as

Come over here and don't move.

This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 20 December 1991. The presenter is Gay Byrne.