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what sayings do your rellies have

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LollyWithSprinklez Report 21 May 2012 17:19

If Nan liked you in something she would say "suits you being Ginger"
none of us were - and to this day never figured out where that came from or what it meant

:-D :-D


Julie Report 16 May 2012 19:37

my dad says -put your leg in bed -he meant put your hand oin his coat pocket when it was cold
its like taking coals to newcastle if you ever took something to somebody who had already got it
another one was about teaching granny to suck eggs

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 16 May 2012 16:14

My dad used to say he was going to strain the greens!! We often wondered what he was doing as he went to the outside lavvy!!

Mum used to say when she got frustrated at being asked over and over where something was that it "was up in nanny;s room behind the clock."

When she got really annoyed with us she would say OH for Gods sake PO and when asked what was PO ?? she would say POST OFFICE. took many years for the penny to drop.!!

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 16 May 2012 15:46

When Dad's sister came round, this alphabet would sometimes get mentioned...........

A for 'orses ....etc
B for mutton



Sharron Report 16 May 2012 14:59

Locally. a hairy man is said to have an a*se like a rook's nest, all sh*t and sticks.


MotownGal Report 16 May 2012 13:31

We used to say geezer and bird, for a man and woman.

If you liked the woman, it was always lady. If you didnt it was woman.

We used to go 'to the pictures or the flickers'.

A ten shilling note was half a sheet.

Five bob was a dollar, half crown, half a dollar.

If you have a five pound note, it was a bluey.

We have been americanised, also australianised. Most of the kids speak with the inflection at the end of a sentence. As if they are are asking a question. Too much Neighbours. lol

Tuts. Cor, I dunno. Would you Adam and Eve it?


junemac Report 16 May 2012 12:35

Margot when we were kids we used to say blokes and fellas .I can recall being suprised first time I heard both sexes being called guys .Thats progress I guess

WE li ved close to what we called the pictures and used to say we're going to pictures or the flicks ..

It's nice to remember ,wonder if my grandkids will have such great memories ?
Ann we had a similiar saying cant remember exact words .


AnnCardiff Report 16 May 2012 11:03

my Dad used to say

"he's so thin he has to stand twice in the same place to make a shadow"


LadyScozz Report 16 May 2012 10:32

lol Teresa....... I say a version of that..... "enough to make a cat a pair of pyjamas" - no idea who I got that from


TeresaW Report 16 May 2012 10:01

When the clouds started to break, and a patch of blue sky showed, my Gran would always say, 'There's enough up there to make a sailor a pair of trousers'. (She was from Portsmouth and a naval family)


MargarettawasMargot Report 16 May 2012 08:01

Hi June,

Some of my Mum's family were Irish,originally,so the goose's bridle saying could well be Irish-I hadn't really thought about it.

I agree with you-the speech of our younger generation here is definitely more Americanised now-which makes more for a sort of homogenised "global language" as the local sayings gradually disappear.I think it's a shame.One example is the American word "tush" ,as in push-before we would have said bottom,or backside,or b*m,.When I was a child we never used to say "movies", now we just don't say,"I'm going to see a film."



junemac Report 15 May 2012 23:41

Hi Margarett awasMargot
interesting have to say mosly Irish ,so I thought maybe the wigwam was Irish .But I have to say I 've heard all the others as well and as you say many more over the years .

I think its a shame our kids and grandkids dont share our sayings they tend to follow American ones not that anything wrong with them ,just we're losing our culture . :-S


Sharron Report 15 May 2012 19:21

Our gooses bridles have wimwoms.

Lady Cutie

Lady Cutie Report 15 May 2012 14:53

Just remembered another one my mum used to say
if i was in a bad mood , she say mind you dont crack your face ,
and that always made me laugh .


MargarettawasMargot Report 15 May 2012 14:08

Some sayings seem to endure,from area to area,country to country with a
common cultural background,eg we still say,"I'm going to see a man about a dog," "He'll be laughing on the other side of his face..","Don't make faces or the wind might change", "Every man and his dog was there,""It's raining cats and dogs", etc... "She doesn't have a lazy bone in her body", "She would work in an iron lung",(referring to a very hard-working person,),Every Tom, Dick and Harry,"She can talk the leg off an iron pot," etc....I'm sure that there are heaps of others. :-) :-) :-)

Margot, in Australia.


MargarettawasMargot Report 15 May 2012 13:45

If I wanted to know what the name of something was,and Mum didn't want to tell me,as I was being too inquisitive,she would say,"It's a wigwam for a goose's bridle,"which told me absolutely nothing!! :-S :-S

If Dad was telling his Mother a story,she would say,with eyes like saucers,"Go on!"

Edit: Sorry, June, didn't see your post! I'm in Australia,5th generation Aussie,that saying was probably originally from England.Assuming that you're from England,the sayings do get passed on through the generations! :-D :-D :-D


LadyScozz Report 15 May 2012 00:50

a granny saying -

I'm as old as my tongue and a bit older than my teeth


MotownGal Report 13 May 2012 08:38

When watching a love scene on tv, my Mum used to say

Ah love in the Four Ale Bar.

when a lady who was wearing too much make-up appeared,

She looks like a four-penny Ham bone.



junemac Report 13 May 2012 01:59

One my grandmother often used when we asked questions about what something was .A wigwam for a gooses bridle .

Another possibley a ditty referring to blended families no doubt . My kids and your kids are fighting with our kids in the backyard .There was more and for years I've wondered how the rest finished .


LadyScozz Report 13 May 2012 00:19

how many of you screamed while your mother was getting the potatoes out of your ears?