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Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« on: Friday 19 December 08 22:20 GMT (UK) »
Following up the thread about twang toed, I was reminded of an expression my mother (a native Londoner) used when something happened which was rather good.... she would say

"Well, that's better than a poke in the eye with a dirty stick!"


I have used this most of my life - I think it's quite expressive  ;) - but a lot of people find it very odd.

However, I once met someone from Hull, and he said in his part of the world the expression was


"Better than a slap in the belly with a wet fish!"

which seems very appropriate for Hull.


Any other variants?  Does anyone else recognise this one?
Pay, Kent. 
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Cooley, Kent.
Barwell, Rutland/Northants/Greenwich.
Cotterill, Derbys.
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Re: Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« Reply #1 on: Friday 19 December 08 22:46 GMT (UK) »
We must be a bit crude where I come from.......It's better than a kick up the a***...... :o
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Re: Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« Reply #2 on: Friday 19 December 08 22:53 GMT (UK) »
Well, of course there is always that one........ ;D

My mother was too refined for that one, although she was prone to say when she was very lively that she felt "Like 10 men, one after another!"

I still remember how shocked I was when I realised the implications...... :D
Pay, Kent. 
Barham, Kent. 
Cork(e), Kent. 
Cooley, Kent.
Barwell, Rutland/Northants/Greenwich.
Cotterill, Derbys.
Van Steenhoven/Steenhoven/Hoven, Nord Brabant/Belgium/East London.
Kesneer Belgium/East London
Burton, East London.
Barlow, East London
Wayling, East London
Wade, Greenwich/Brightlingsea, Essex.
Thorpe, Brightlingsea, Essex


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Re: Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« Reply #3 on: Friday 19 December 08 23:01 GMT (UK) »
I remember:

Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick.

Better than a slap in the face with a wet fish.

Sorry, I have no idea why I remember them, or from where or when.

Paul
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Re: Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« Reply #4 on: Friday 19 December 08 23:27 GMT (UK) »
very similar to Pauls' - It used to be 'better then a poke in the eye with a sharp stick'.  I'm from Wales and my hubby from Shropshire - we both use the same saying!
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Re: Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 20 December 08 06:29 GMT (UK) »
Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick was one that I heard and used in Manchester
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Re: Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 20 December 08 11:59 GMT (UK) »
better than charity and that's chilly,  better than my poor willy!      and he's been dead a fortnight, poor ba *    *d!!
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Re: Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 21 December 08 11:17 GMT (UK) »
Well, of course there is always that one........ ;D

My mother was too refined for that one, although she was prone to say when she was very lively that she felt "Like 10 men, one after another!"

I still remember how shocked I was when I realised the implications...... :D

when my grandad felt a bit lively he'd say " I cud bull a coo" (cow to non geordies.) ;D
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Re: Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 21 December 08 18:07 GMT (UK) »
How about:

All my eye and Betty Martin
Up in Annie's room behind the clock
Joe soap from the roundhouse, lived in the middle one of them two and went upstairs to get down into the cellar.
Colder than a witches t*t
Rough as a bears a**e
When that worm turned it had an elephants foot
One sandwich short of a picnic
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