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ShyTorque 7th Aug 2007 13:50

Family phrases or sayings
We have a few family sayings that other folk don't easily understand (you have to know the history to get them).

For example: "This looks like a black dog road".

Nothing ominous or racist here. Thirty years ago my in-laws had a caravan (!) and took a wrong turning in Devon. The road went from two lanes to single track and then narrowed until the van was scraping the hedge on both sides. The grass was now growing long in the centre of the road. Just as they gave up forward motion (and subsequently had to reverse for a mile, suffering some damage to the van in the process) a big, ferocious black dog ran out and gave them a good "barking at".

So now, if the road looks wrong someone usually says: "This looks a bit black dog to me".

Another, a favourite of mine: "On with the pony trekking, Bernard!"

On holiday many years ago, our family teamed up with another, the father being called Bernard. "Mrs Bernard" was a dead ringer for Joyce Grenfell. She had a big intinerary for the family and poor hen-pecked Bernard featured heavily in it. Bernard just wanted to take it easy and relax. Having earlier almost drowned whilst surfing with his kids, after the early morning game of volleyball, he was about to drink from his coffeee cup in an effort to recover his composure. However, it was not to be! From somewhere close by came the high pitched cry: BERNARD! COME ALONG NOW, FOR GOODNESS' SAKE! ON WITH THE PONY TREKKING!

If someone tries to hurry another member of the family along, against their will, "ON WITH THE PONY TREKKING, BERNARD!" will be the likely answer!

Davaar 7th Aug 2007 13:57

of excessive plumpness or buoyancy = "a good swimmer".

tony draper 7th Aug 2007 14:08

Quick!! hide its the rent man. :rolleyes:

gingernut 7th Aug 2007 14:10

"There are more ways of killing a cat than f*&king it to death....." was a particular favourite of me dad's when finding an alternative way of stitching a sill to a Mark 1 escort.

"It's a bit of kidology for the MOT man..." when he coated said stitched on sill to Mark 1 escort, with underseal.

"I hate being ill on a sick day......"

Radar66 7th Aug 2007 14:10

"she looks a bit muscular!" / "ooh look, a muscular women over there"

This stemmed from my then 10 year old brother being asked by our then 8yr old cousin 'Guisha, what's a prositute?' 'Ah PJ' sezs bro, being all knowy and grown up 'a prositute is a woman that goes around picking up men'. 'Oh....?' says PJ, 'you mean a muscular woman?' Henceforth any woman that looks like a tart etc is referred to as a 'muscular' woman!

R'66 :ok:

gingernut 7th Aug 2007 14:15

Quite like the coded messages you have to use around the younger ones....

"Ssssuit....." was always a passing comment often used on a topless beach, which roughly translated to

"look over yonder brother, that lady happens to have hir t*tts out..."

27mm 7th Aug 2007 14:28

When our daughter was v small, the family euphemism for farting was "have you popped?" Still creases me up when I see the Pringles tin with "One pop and you can't stop"

ShyTorque 7th Aug 2007 15:00

Popped? In our house the saying for that was "who's fluffed?"

p.s. Ever eaten "Poptarts"? :yuk:

futurshox 7th Aug 2007 15:34

Well on that subject - silent but violent, better out than in, etc...

lexxity 7th Aug 2007 15:35

The family saying in ours is

"better class of litter in Lemington Spa." Originated from my Uncles Mother discussing the amount of litter on railway stations with my Father and other Uncle, both career BR Men. "Of course," she continued, "there is a better class of litter in Lemington Spa." So now whenever we see something about Lemington Spa, i.e. floods, then of course "there is a better class of floods in Lemington Spa." Marks and Spencer is also very Lemington Spa.

Foss 7th Aug 2007 18:40

Look out there's a bad man
This means you have to go and hide under the bed or something.
This is definately a bad thing.
Feckity **** with a side order or ****, that is bad news. It means a gunman is knocking around our street spotting houses.

That is very bad news.
I do a very quick la la la la I'm not scared la la. And get shotgun.
Another brief la la la laing.
My most respected and now elderly farther 'there's a bad man out there.'
'Watch what you're doing with that [email protected]@@ing shotgun, what have you got in that anyway. And keep away from the windows.'
solid rifled slugs auctually to go through a flak jacket or engine block and its on open choke
So.. bad man is permission to wet yourself or start tipping out a cupboard to get a gun.
It was great when there visitors, 'Bad man' it was like action staions. oh [email protected], ****, **** where.'
We don't say bad man to much cause it'll give me heart failure.
But the visitors are funny, if they're not armed and know what we're talking about.
'Batman, what do you mean Batman, what are you talking about.'
Bad man - banned.

Dea Certe 7th Aug 2007 19:58

"Barking spiders" used to infest my granny's house. They were particularly active and loud when a certain uncle was present. Also, granny seemed to "step on ducks" when out in the garden.


Blacksheep 8th Aug 2007 04:11

"Gyp" was grandad's SWH. Whenever grandad let off an SBD (Silent But Deadly) - which was quite often - Gyp would slink wearily out of the room, head and tail down even before the command "Out Gyp! Out!" rang out accompanied by a pointing finger. Long after Gyp had departed to the great tree lined park in the sky, whenever anyone let one off, we'd jump to our feet pointing at the door and the cry would ring out:

"Out Gyp! Out!"

Richo77 8th Aug 2007 05:10

Ah yes, there have been many "barking spiders" in our house, and Dad always managed to "step on a few ducks" around the house too. In later years there also came the addition of "letting fluffy off the chain".

But one i dont think ive ever heard elsewhere is "running (or doing) a cutter".This refers to the family individual who is made to go to the boozer or bottle shop during a family function (or lunch, dinner etc) to get more consumables.

Also there is "Man Hands" which generally describes a very mannish woman or a woman who used to be a man.

Ace Rimmer 8th Aug 2007 08:53

We had "that's a bit Cav" or "he's a bit Cav" Cav= Cavalry (ie effete, ladyboy-ish etc etc....long line of Infantrymen the Rimmers see....)

Beagle-eye 8th Aug 2007 10:01

My Gran would observe to us kids that we would get “rumpumples in your breadbasket” if she saw us sitting on the wall outside the house. We didn’t have a clue what she was on about but it sounded serious so we stood up. :eek:

My Dad would always inform us that he was “going to see a man about a dog” before heading into the bathroom. He was always making things and, when questioned, they were always “wimwams for ducks”. :ok:


tony draper 8th Aug 2007 10:15

Me Nan(thats yer grandmother on yer mothers side as opposed to yer Gran who is yer grandmother on yer fathers side) if we were out playing in the gutter as Geordie sprogs oft did would say
"Stay away from the Grate or yerl get the fever"
The grate being the drain hole in the gutter.
Prolly a folk memory of Typhoid fever which killed many of her generation(she was born in 1890's)
Also instead of swearing if she was annoyed at summat she would shout
"Buckets of hens feathers"

Standard Noise 8th Aug 2007 10:21

Daddy Noise always came out with "yer arse and parsnip" if he thought you were talking nonsense or if he didn't agree with what you had said.
If anyone was caught picking their nose, "stap pickin' yer neb, it'll turn into a pig's foot!"

Oh, and my favourite, "christ on a bike!"

Blacksheep 8th Aug 2007 10:47

"Stay away from the Grate or yerl get the fever"
We used to get the same warning. Dad's older brother and step-sister both died of "The Fever" Dad got it too, but he survived. That'd be around 1926 so it was no idle warning. Apart from typhoid, polio was also rife until the mass vaccinations began in the fifties. Its surprising to think there were no antibiotics and suchlike until the 1940s.

tony draper 8th Aug 2007 11:22

Indeed Mr B, antibiotics are the reason so many of us old farts are around today and triumphing over such things as TB which was also a great killer, both me dad and stepdad's mums died from TB in their thirties.
I recon I was born at just the right time,at the end of one war and the invention of antibiotics and spent one's childhood and early manhood into what was then still a civilised country when peeps didn't go round shooting or stabbing each other and having a criminal record was not regarded as a badge of honour.

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