Family sayings

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by mr_hippo, 8 Mar 2008.

  1. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    As a split-off from the rhyming slang thread, are there any family or local sayings that you use. I tried this on a different forum and was surprised to see how many were not local/family but nationwide, I've already mentioned Gran's 'blue pencil'. Now for:-
    "I'll go the the foot of our stairs" - "Well. I am surprised!"
    "Go and play with Roberts's kids" - "Get out of my sight"
    "It's worse than Carney's Lodging House in here" - "It's very noisy/untidy"
    I never did find out where the Roberts family lived nor the location of Carney's Lodging House".
  2. got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Yarm, Cleveland
    im going to turn me bike around - im going to the toilet

    you cleppet - you idiot

    dead mans fingers - undercooked sausages, usually found in supermarket deli's

    spit and a shave and a dig in the grave - spit-obvious, shave obvious, dig in the grave is to hack up all the phlegm from the back of your throat and deposit in the sink - this spit shave, dig in grave combo is usually mentioned prior to morning ablutions.

    Up the dancers - up the stairs, dont ask why, i dont know!
  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    up timber hill = going upstairs
    thick as a post = not very bright
    thick as two short planks = not very bright
  4. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    South Beds.
    Used that one many a time.

    'The lights are on but nobody is home'
    'Sandwich short of a picnic'
    'A can short of a 6 pack'

    Each used to say 'Not very Bright' :tongue:
  5. OP

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    'Stephen' - a hot water geyser. Mum had one over the kitchen sink and when it boiled steam came out of the top; When one of my brothers, then aged about 5, saw the steam he shouted "Mum, it's steaming!" She misheard it as "Mum, it's Stephen".
  6. longers

    longers Veteran

    "On the piano with my clogs" - what we were told when we asked about the whereabouts of pretty much anything.

    "Who's she, the cats mother?" - if we didn't use someones name and said "she" instead.

    "You haven't even seen the beef, let alone smelt it" - my gran when she thought we were getting uppity.

    "I'm not as green as I'm cabbage looking" - gran again.
  7. simonali

    simonali Guru

    Round 'ere in Wilts, they don't say 'where is it?' but 'where's it to?'. Always makes me chuckle!
  8. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    sunny Leicester
    "Ahh go and boil yer head!" when someone is getting a bit angry/wound up:smile:

    "Mackle it up" is to repair or make something in Leicestershire.
  9. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    As a child when going on a trip in the car and asking where to:
    "To see a dog about a man".

    I still use that one occasionally with my kids.
  10. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    "Upstairs" - We lived in a bungalow, so used upstairs when refferring to something that was totally lost in the house, so lost that only a mother can find it. As in "Muuuuuuuuum. My watch is upstairs. Can you help me find it please?"

    "Tripple-S" - Sh*t, Shower, Shave
  11. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    A reference to dancer Fred Astaire perhaps.
    On the same subject I was told at bedtime, it was time for me to climb the Russian Steppes.
  12. One of my gran's favourites was "your heid's full of tartan tammies':biggrin:
  13. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    My Nain was rather partial to saying things like;
    shoot bananas = a swear word, she was very good at making t hem up.
    Isn't life monotonous = I'm bored

    My dad quite frequently went to "See a man about a dog" = mind your own business.
  14. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    "Right you two, up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire"

    *Shudders as a shiver goes down his spine*
  15. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    "Mum, what's for tea?"

    "Bread and if it..."


    I think it means if it comes it does, if it doesn't it doesn't.
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