I've been thinking of my Auntie Beehive quite a bit lately because I just experienced major surgery for the first time. Auntie Beehive experienced major surgery many times during her life. Nothing phased her about doctors, surgery or hospitals. I guess she had seen and done it all.
But Auntie Beehive never said "I had surgery" or "they operated on me" or anything like that. No, Auntie Beehive ALWAYS said that she "had to go under the knife." She had to go under the knife for this. She had to go under the knife for that.
So when I told my Mom about my impending surgery, I made sure to say "Yes, I have to go under the knife!" That gave us a little laugh because we both knew whose favourite phrase that was! Thanks, Auntie Beehive!