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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2015, 14:03:19 PM »
Hmmm... The old wives tale, about putting butter on cat's feet. Seems there's some truth, in that. I believe the key down the back made you put your head back, or something. It seems to have come to this country, from Europe, a long time ago. Apparently, if I remember rightly, the keys (or anything cold enough, like an ice-cube) work because of the mammalian "dive reflex". Cold hits the nerves in the neck, causing the blood vessels to constrict. You might notice your pulse slowing too. The dive reflex is why cold-water drowning victims are not usually pronounced dead, until they're "warm and dead", as it were. Cold water in the face/head area shunts blood to the organs and away from the skin, which slows the metabolism for survival. The vital signs are often too weak to detect, otherwise.

I think there're many variations of the doorstep thing. Chinkoff was Jane's nan's. My mother used to say that it'd give you double-pneumonia (Lack of imagination, methinks).

If you pulled a face, she said that "one day, your face will stay like that". Dunno what her excuse is... ;) I can imagine Lissy using that one, for some reason. :)

I love the variations of the "Standing here like a tit in a trance" thing. Around Manchester, they say "Standing around like Piffy on a rock bun", yet nobody knows who the heck Piffy is, or was, nor how the saying might've originated.
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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2015, 15:53:47 PM »
Well I never  :D
One I remember was ' you know what Thought did....followed a muck cart and thought it was a wedding  :D

Running around like a blue arsed fly  ;D
Go and shit bricks  ;D
Away and throw shite at yourself  :laugh:
Piss off! Well I'll have a bitter  ::)
Have had to explain to people what Mard is (soft)
And here in Bolton, Piffy sits on a drum  :)

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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2015, 16:39:42 PM »
Similar... Running around like a blue-arsed fairy.

Mard is one that I had to get the hang of, when we moved up here. We're just along the road, from you, in Alty. :) Mard-arse. ;)

One Essex word that Jane likes is "Toot", which is pronounced like "Foot". Toot is the stuff you get in toot shops. It looks fun but you can guarantee it'll break, after about five minutes. Similar to "Tat". But, subtly different.

Shitting bricks is fairly country-wide, I think.

"Well, I'll go to the foot of our stairs" was another, along with "Well, fook my ol' boots".

Not many people know that "Letís get down to the brass tacksĒ is Cockney rhyming slang. Brass tacks = Facts.
The trouble with cats is that they've got no tact. - P. G. Wodehouse

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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2015, 17:06:19 PM »
Ones I remember as a child
Me: where are we going?
Mum: there and back to see how far it is  ;D
Me; but why?
Mum: cos  ys not z and butters not bread
Me: where's me mum?
A;she's  run away with a black man  ::)
Me; what's for tea?
Mum; lays off for meddles and crutches for lame ducks
Me; what's for tea
Mum; shit with sugar on

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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2015, 20:47:35 PM »
Over the hills and far away.
Because we can!
Hiding from the rent man.
Wait and see pudding and shit with sugar on, too.

Mothers, ay? :)
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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2015, 18:27:55 PM »
If you don't behave I'll sell you to the gypsies
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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2015, 21:37:21 PM »
 ''The bigger you get the dafter you get!''
 Thats what my Mum said to me when I was 10, I looked UP to her & replied ''Well you must be really daft''   WHACK!
 Well she WAS bigger than me & I thought she meant everybody!  :P
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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2015, 09:20:06 AM »
My grandmother came out with some good ones. Being a Geordie, they always sounded well weird, to me. :)

"A bit black over Billís motherís", when it looked like rain.

"Monkey's blood" was raspberry or strawberry flavour sauce put on ice cream and the term "stotty cake" for bread..

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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2015, 12:21:44 PM »
Ooh just found this and so may sayings I've never heard of... and a few I have.

I'd never heard of "a bit black over Bill's mother's" until HoN used it (maybe a Midlands/Northern thing?)
Mum used to say anything distant was "3 fields the other side of Mitcham" (we lived in Surrey, about 15 miles from Mitcham)
She said "You keep doing that and you'll stay like it" if we went cross-eyed. Fair point - we probably would have.

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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2015, 21:35:08 PM »

She said "You keep doing that and you'll stay like it" if we went cross-eyed. Fair point - we probably would have.

 Oh we used to get told that, I used to say it to my kids & now say it to the Grandkids too  :laugh:

 I remember listening in to Mum & Dad talking years ago, I must have been 9/10 years old & they said some old bloke was walking around with 'One foot in the grave'. Hellfire I worried so much about the poor bloke walking around like that, I didn't dare ask what it meant as I shouldn't have been eaves-dropping & would have got into trouble  :laugh:
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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #25 on: July 03, 2015, 08:52:09 AM »
I'm assuming that there're many variations of what mums said, when you sat on the back step.

Mine used the very unoriginal "You'll get double-pneumonia". Jane's nan used to say that they'd get chinkcoff/Chin-cough.
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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2015, 14:57:53 PM »
Ooh just found this and so may sayings I've never heard of... and a few I have.

I'd never heard of "a bit black over Bill's mother's" until HoN used it (maybe a Midlands/Northern thing?)

   Yep, definitely a Midlands thing.
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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #27 on: July 03, 2015, 16:03:29 PM »
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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #28 on: July 03, 2015, 17:54:57 PM »
I say that all the time
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Re: Do you know what this plant is?
« Reply #29 on: July 03, 2015, 18:12:06 PM »
Ahem.... no idea what this is. It grows up to a metre in height and the bees love it. It just appeared in the garden a few years ago.

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