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Old 9th Aug 2007, 20:21
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not family but a former colleague of mine used to refer to things being "up and down like a bride's nightie"

Always made me laugh.
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Old 9th Aug 2007, 22:48
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Teeteringhead, that got me thinking!
My second son, years ago, aged about 14 months, used to call woodlice "'tanas" (sultanas, which he loved). We caught him eating one! ((()))

We explained that they were like beetles and they weren't to be eaten. He couldn't say woodlice so he called them "Eeky Beekies" and he just carried on eating them, the little devil

He's twenty two years old now and doesn't eat them any more but we always still call them Eeky Beekies. I remember saying to him once "Have you been eating Eeky Beekies again?" "No, Daddy, 'aven't", he said, shaking his curly hair.

I burst out laughing - he had pairs of little woodlice legs round his mouth, still twitching!
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Old 10th Aug 2007, 07:32
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I used to have to translate for my younger brother when he was very young.
He had to go and get speech therapy and stuff. I could understand him but the folks couldn't.

His best was lumperlump.
'Fos, what's your brother want. What's lumper thing.'
It was his word for elephant. He wanted to go to the zoo.

Going to the doctor was lopical.
'After lopical can we go lumperlump or Samson.'

So.. after we go to hospital can we go to the zoo, or go to the forest and watch the big horse pulling trees.
Amazingly he still gets annoyed after 30 years of teasing.
He now designs massive turbines.
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Old 10th Aug 2007, 09:37
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Foss - Is he the head of the new Rolls Royce Whirlythingy project??
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Old 10th Aug 2007, 12:39
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Foss, I think you're safe now the 'Bad man' has gone

My Mother had a million phrases which I really should be writing down. Not all of which are strictly our family phrases.

'She had a face like the back of a bus'

'It's a pet day'

To a precocious baby 'That one was here before'

'She was like a bag of cats', 'You couldn't look crooked at her'

'The sun was splitting the trees'

I can't think of any more, I'm going to have to pay her a visit.
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Old 10th Aug 2007, 13:34
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wind ur neck in ...............stop bein such a buck eejit!

it was quare craic ................something was higly amusing

more power to yer elbow .........kind of good luck to you

“Sticking out” ................means super, great, fab, that’s fine

do you think I came up the Liffey in a bubble.......do you think I'm stupid

and one that was said in a pub once......well Fu*k me pink on a blue bicycle...never really knew what that meant but laughed anyway.
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Old 10th Aug 2007, 13:37
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I have no idea where he got it from but my Dad's pet phrase when he was doing a particularly difficult / fiddly job was to describe it 'like pushing ice cream up a cats ar$e with a skewer'
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Old 10th Aug 2007, 15:22
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Got what from - the cat?
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Old 13th Aug 2007, 07:10
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We were driving back from the beach and passed a mud hollow full of buffaloes. Only their heads and backs were visible as lumps raised out of the mud. No. 3 daughter - aged about four at the time - cried "Oh look at the muddy buffalumps!" and buffalumps they will forever be. Its such a lovely, descriptive word.
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Old 13th Aug 2007, 08:59
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A couple from my Dad, who fell off the twig a good few years ago now -

'Well, we're up shit creek in a barbed wire canoe, spearing tadpoles with a crowbar.'

'It'll all be the same in a hundred years.'

'Well, I'll go hopping to buggery.'
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Old 13th Aug 2007, 14:30
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My Dad reckoned the local lady school principal "had a face like a bulldog licking p*ss off a nettle"
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Old 13th Aug 2007, 16:32
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We had the usual ones:
'Don't make faces like that..if the wind changes you'll stay like it!'
'Don't pick your nose, your head'll cave in!'

Then we had strange words for toilet duties - 'wheez' for number ones, as in 'I need to go wheez' and 'lots' for number twos

One of my lecturers at Weston Technical college, had the odd expression
'I'll bet you a pound to a pinch of pigshit!'

Incidentally, the Myanmar term for a fart, is a 'cheek-pop' presumably a variation of an old British term that someone had picked up.
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Old 13th Aug 2007, 16:34
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Just thought of another one. Bloke I used to go gliding with, when things weren't going his way:

'Well, a jokes a joke, but a leg of a chair up your arse, well that's furniture!'
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Old 13th Aug 2007, 17:27
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I am reasonably certain that this originated in my old pub social circle, but maybe I'm wrong. We still say that somebody is "losing thier badge" when they're getting wound up - comes from the traditional scene in a US cop film when the cop has to hand in thier badge and gun after throwing a strop.
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Old 14th Aug 2007, 02:54
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Do remind me Mother, "Which University of life did you attend to gain a first class honours in stating the bleeding obvious ?".
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Old 14th Aug 2007, 05:32
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Sometime ago when number two daughter was about three or four, my wife was putting the washing into the machine, armfuls at a time, and one of her G-string's ("Thong" for the yanks) fell to the floor. As she picked it up to return it to the wash she said “Mummy, what’s that? Isn't that where you keep your Good China?” It took us a while to figure out what she was trying to say and ever since that day, all my girls have had a new name for their, well...bits...
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Old 14th Aug 2007, 05:43
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Old 16th Aug 2007, 06:13
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My family uses "Like ten pounds of potatoes in a five pound sack" to describe fat people (Salad dodgers) who wear tight clothing..
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Old 16th Aug 2007, 06:44
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Nerkin = Banana

Single = Pear (Fruit)

Go West = Fall off something or crash something

Pensioners = Afternoon nap

Seagulls breakfast = Drink of water and a look around
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Old 16th Aug 2007, 07:15
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Did your missus tell that one on the Radio the other day? Heard it on the afternoon shift on Nova Tues or Weds.

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