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    British sayings disappearing?

    So I'm sitting here all maudling because of my man-cold (unable/CBA to get outside and clean my car) and am thinking (as you do) what happened to the sayings from my childhood (a more innocent time perhaps). Are they still in use? Such as...
    "Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs!"
    "I'm so sorry, I'm coming over all unnecessary"
    "Chin up!"
    "War wound!"
    "Alright wack/Wacker/sausage/petal" and many other useful sayings I bet about to disappear
    Last edited by Suds; 10th February 2019 at 15:28.

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    I'm just popping into town to buy a Rolex Sports watch.

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    I'm more familiar with most of those being 'Northern' sayings rather than general British? As such no, I don't hear them and haven't ever other than when I've left the South!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    I'm just popping into town to buy a Rolex Sports watch.
    I'll carry on buying as many watches as I like dear

    I worked hard all month to buy this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suds View Post
    I'll carry on buying as many watches as I like dear

    I worked hard all month to buy this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    Put wood in hole on your way out.
    Its looking Black over Bill's Mother's.

    And one my Nan taught me that seems to have gone out of fashion of late. A gentleman always walks on the outside.
    Last edited by brummie64; 10th February 2019 at 16:18.

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    Half of those i have never heard so i suspect that most British sayings are regional me ol' mucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Light and bitter.

    Wouldn't stop a pig in a poke.

    Under a gooseberry bush.
    I thought it was "he wouldn't stop a pig in a passage". Implying somebody is bow-legged

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Light and bitter.

    Wouldn't stop a pig in a poke.

    Under a gooseberry bush.
    Two different sayings: -

    Wouldn't buy a pig in a poke

    AND

    Couldn't stop a pig in a passage

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    I thought it was "he wouldn't stop a pig in a passage". Implying somebody is bow-legged
    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Two different sayings: -

    Wouldn't buy a pig in a poke

    AND

    Couldn't stop a pig in a passage
    Maybe so but it's how I heard it in the '60s. Mind you they weren't exactly scholarly types where I grew up so I agree with what you say!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brummie64 View Post

    And one my Nan taught me that seems to have gone out of fashion of late. A gentleman always walks on the outside.
    Apparently dates from Tudor times when people threw their shite from the upstairs window into the gutter in the middle of the street. Buildings had an overhang so a lady would walk on the inside to prevent accidental shite splash. This could be one of those QI klaxon myths though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vRSG60 View Post
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    You can add Pardon and Excuse me.

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    No idea where this little ditty is from, but it has stuck with mr since childhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billymac View Post
    Not heard "bent as a nine bob note" since my days in the Glasgow car market in the 70's. (The real car market that was a cattle market during the day!)
    I still use 10-bob for 50p. I'm only 46 and have never 'known' a bob so it must have been passed down to me. Confuses the young 'uns at work though.

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    Could anyone explain the 'go to the foot of my stairs' saying as my Nan used to say this and I never knew what she meant and was too embarrassed to ask her.

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    Also proper cockney rhyming slang, my Mum used it all the time when I was a saucepan.

    "Want some more holy ghost?" etc etc. Although usually only using the first part of of the saying like "Berk" for Berkshire hunt.

    Dying out I think.
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    alright my babber

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturn5 View Post
    Ark at him
    She's gotta gob on her
    Oo, 'ark at ee. I still hear that quite a lot in Bristol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    Also proper cockney rhyming slang, my Mum used it all the time when I was a saucepan.

    "Want some more holy ghost?" etc etc. Although usually only using the first part of of the saying like "Berk" for Berkshire hunt.

    Dying out I think.
    Not dying out Neil. There's a few berks here . . . ;-)

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    Not sure whether this a UK wide saying or it whether it was localised to people I used to work with, I used to hear it a lot

    "Looks like a Friday afternoon job"

    Does anyone else know the meaning ?

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    "They all piss in the same pot" my dad always said this when talking about politicians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itizme View Post
    Not sure whether this a UK wide saying or it whether it was localised to people I used to work with, I used to hear it a lot

    "Looks like a Friday afternoon job"

    Does anyone else know the meaning ?
    Always heard this said about cars that had problems referring to our great car industry, I suppose meaning the guys on the production line just wanted to finish for the weekend so less attention was made to the build ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    Also proper cockney rhyming slang, my Mum used it all the time when I was a saucepan.

    "Want some more holy ghost?" etc etc. Although usually only using the first part of of the saying like "Berk" for Berkshire hunt.

    Dying out I think.
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    Not dying out Neil. There's a few berks here . . . ;-)
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    'Guts for garters'/'skin you alive', 'born in a barn'/ 'put wood in hole', 'weak as watter', 'ay up me duck', 'clever as a cart load'a monkeys', 'neither use nor ornament', 'You make a better door than a window'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    Could anyone explain the 'go to the foot of my stairs' saying as my Nan used to say this and I never knew what she meant and was too embarrassed to ask her.
    Seems to have been a phrase used by George Formby on his radio show in the 1940's. Probably 'I'll get me washboard' off the fast Show was a take on that type of saying! Its seems to have originated up North

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    Quote Originally Posted by brummie64 View Post
    Its looking Black over Bill's Mother's.

    And one my Nan taught me that seems to have gone out of fashion of late. A gentleman always walks on the outside.
    Years ago we ( about 10 of us, extended family) went on holiday to Florida and a few of us went to a comedy improv club and the comedians asked for a phrase they had to act out to the other comedians, my brother in law came up with ‘it’s black over Wills mothers’ which of course they had never heard before, it was pretty funny watching them try to act it out.

    At least ‘thick as mince’ is unlikely to die out as long as we have the Bear pit. 😁
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    to swear blind to, something or that what you claimed was the truth.

    'I'd rather feed yer fer a week than a month boy', 'summat' my grandad would often say bless him, but does anyone else recall hearing it or was it just a personal saying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    Apparently dates from Tudor times when people threw their shite from the upstairs window into the gutter in the middle of the street. Buildings had an overhang so a lady would walk on the inside to prevent accidental shite splash. This could be one of those QI klaxon myths though.
    It was explained to me as most gents were right handed and so walked to the right of the lady in order to be able to draw their sword without the lady getting the way.

    Worked in the mining industry for 30 years and have come across a great many of these sayings due to the migration of a workers, laughed at the mention of please thank you and excuse me, unfortunately it is true.

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