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Re: Old Sayings and Modern Counterparts
« Reply #162 on: Sunday 12 April 15 19:45 BST (UK) »
Just come across this thread and having read through 18 pages, some very familiar sayings, some I've never heard before. A couple more for you...

In response to the kids mithering (pronounced in Manchester as MY-the-ring and meaning to pester)

"when Jesus comes round with his money cart"
" Go see if there's any pennies on't tree"

Another of my Great Grandmas sayings " If you've none to make you laugh (children), you've none to make you cry"
If we ever dared to ask why, my mum would always say "because Why's not Z and Zeds not Y)

"Change the record" when someone carried on complaining
"Needles got stuck" when someone kept singing the same lines of a song over and over
and one that really confuses my 17 year old, "Take the phone of the hook" - What hook, you can't hang up an Iphone!  ;D ;D
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Re: Old Sayings and Modern Counterparts
« Reply #163 on: Sunday 12 April 15 20:18 BST (UK) »
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"Take the phone of the hook" - What hook, you can't hang up an Iphone!  ;D ;D

So show him some pre-iPhone telephones, hooks an' all !!  ;D
https://www.google.de/search?q=old+phones&biw=1157&bih=718&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=QsQqVbP1N6GU7QaL3YDADA&sqi=2&ved=0CCAQsAQ

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Re: Old Sayings and Modern Counterparts
« Reply #164 on: Wednesday 08 July 15 08:06 BST (UK) »

And in response to asking how her day had been, she would often have said "I've been working like a lamplighter all day".

Would a lamplighter work in the day? Wouldn't he be resting ready for working in the evening / night?
Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
Yorkshire: Pottage, Carr, Blackburn, Depledge
Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott
Essex/Herts: Livermore, Holgate, Law, Day, Myson, Boyton
Norfolk/Suffolk: Stone, Alexander, Tipple, Ingate


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Re: Old Sayings and Modern Counterparts
« Reply #165 on: Wednesday 08 July 15 08:17 BST (UK) »
I recently came across a phrase which has changed its meaning over time.

A friend's grandson recently told me that a mutual friend was spitting feathers over a particular incident. I was surprised at the expression, since I thought it meant that someone was extremely thirsty. I knew that this friend had been very upset over the matter, so I thought I must be wrong and the phrase spitting feathers did indeed mean annoyed or angry.

Curious, I turned to my friend Google, and came up with this website
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/spitting-feathers.html

Apparently the "thirsty" meaning is older and would be typically used by the over 50's (which I am) and the "angry" meaning would be used by younger people - the person who used the phrase is in his mid twenties.


Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
Yorkshire: Pottage, Carr, Blackburn, Depledge
Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott
Essex/Herts: Livermore, Holgate, Law, Day, Myson, Boyton
Norfolk/Suffolk: Stone, Alexander, Tipple, Ingate

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Re: Old Sayings and Modern Counterparts
« Reply #166 on: Wednesday 08 July 15 10:10 BST (UK) »
Spitting chips in Oz
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Re: Old Sayings and Modern Counterparts
« Reply #167 on: Wednesday 08 July 15 10:41 BST (UK) »
My father would say (with a sharp intake of breath through his teeth):

"scary woman that.... ye wouldn't want to come home to her with a broken paypacket! "
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Re: Old Sayings and Modern Counterparts
« Reply #168 on: Wednesday 08 July 15 11:57 BST (UK) »
Spitting feathers, spitting chips in OZ, Spitting tacks in NZ!

And one I hate - "suck it up" -  just put up with it, or " put up and shut up"

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Re: Old Sayings and Modern Counterparts
« Reply #169 on: Wednesday 08 July 15 12:09 BST (UK) »
If I couldn't find something, and asked my Mum where it was, she would say "hanging on a hook behind my ear! 

I suppose today it could be - look under your bed, as it also was then too! But I can't really think of anything else that could fit for now, except perhaps, "for goodness sake, Google it!"

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