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What do you consider to be "common"? What does it mean?

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PyongyangKipperbang Fri 16-Mar-18 16:15:34

Inspired by the fruit bowl thread, just wondered what "common" means and what sort of things you would class as common.

My mother has lots of things she considers common, but the only one I can really think for me is swearing a lot and usually loudly, regardless of location, situation or company.

OutyMcOutface Fri 16-Mar-18 16:17:09

The British have all kinds of silly things that are common. But for my non-British self common things are things that are ill mannered, inconsiderate or, unpleasant.

BigSandyBalls2015 Fri 16-Mar-18 16:18:04

My mum used to think eating in the street was common.

BigSandyBalls2015 Fri 16-Mar-18 16:18:39

Common as in 'beneath you/you're better than that'

PyongyangKipperbang Fri 16-Mar-18 16:20:48

My mum used to think eating in the street was common.

Mine still does! She actively avoids the area around Greggs grin

NotAllTimsWearCapes Fri 16-Mar-18 16:21:06

Common to me would be like having a screaming match in the street with your neighbour. <guilty of that one myself blush>

Ginorchoc Fri 16-Mar-18 16:22:07

This site seems to be obsessed with what is common, class etc etc. How common.

Fightthebear Fri 16-Mar-18 16:24:19

Such a boring thing to worry about.

Bexter801 Fri 16-Mar-18 16:25:21

My mum used to think smoking in public was ''very un ladylike'

halfwitpicker Fri 16-Mar-18 16:27:07

Oh god loads

There's a whole book on the subject - Kate Fox, Watching the English.

Gives info on stuff like serviette (trash bag) vs napkin (Mitford)

Gottokondo Fri 16-Mar-18 16:29:20

Red shoes. I still can't buy red shoes because I here my mother commenting them (in my head) when I look at them in the shop. And I'd looove to have a pair of pretty red shoes.

No idea why they are common though.

PyongyangKipperbang Fri 16-Mar-18 16:29:22

Such a boring thing to worry about.

Eh? Who's worried?! Just interested.

PyongyangKipperbang Fri 16-Mar-18 16:32:06

My grandma said that only a woman who was "no better than she should be" would wear red shoes. We are not sure but we think it means she is of loose morals!

Buy the damn shoes!

Bexter801 Fri 16-Mar-18 16:33:15

Isn't it interesting how a lot of us are influenced by what our mum's think are uncommon smile swearing is another one my mum would absolutely not tolerate

ReinettePompadour Fri 16-Mar-18 16:33:29

Naming your children after food/drink is common and screaming at your children down the street instead of going to speak to them grin

TeaAddict235 Fri 16-Mar-18 16:35:40

Prepare for the stealth boasts....




DressageNut Fri 16-Mar-18 16:36:04

"The Wombles of Wimbledon,
Common are we..."
Or so I thought the theme tune went when I was a kid. I expected them to have brown sauce bottles permanently on the table and the telly on too loud.

Taffeta Fri 16-Mar-18 16:37:46

Swearing a lot regardless of company isn’t common, it’s more socially inept.

There are things I find unpleasant, bad manners ( think sniffing loudly on a train with a snotty nose and then swallowing it loudly ) but I don’t think of them as “common”. Vulgar, crass, foul - yes.

Common is an outdated term, I think.

PyongyangKipperbang Fri 16-Mar-18 16:39:02

Naming your children after food/drink is common

Well I disagree, as do my children Stayk Bayk, Frootshute and little Vienetta!

DuckBilledAardvark Fri 16-Mar-18 16:40:16

Red shoes, no knickers!

For some reason I hate the word 'lounge', it's forever used in estate agent adverts and it's totally inoffensive but to me it conjours images of a room where you wear tracksuit bottoms whilst watching an oversized television!

ReinettePompadour Fri 16-Mar-18 16:40:32

Well I disagree, as do my children Stayk Bayk, Frootshute and little Vienetta grin

IAmWonkoTheSane Fri 16-Mar-18 16:41:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ElfrideSwancourt Fri 16-Mar-18 16:41:29

My mother would consider even calling someone/something common to be common- but she's excellent at insinuating that's what she means (definitely a stealth boast grin)

PyongyangKipperbang Fri 16-Mar-18 16:44:23

What do you mean by common?

Thats why i asked, because I dont know! Its clearly subjective, each person has their own definition.

windchimesabotage Fri 16-Mar-18 16:50:06

My gran always used the word 'common'
The things she said were 'common' included:
eating in the street
dying your hair
choker necklaces
dark nail varnish
chewing gum
not tying your hair up
eating any food even takeaway burgers, with your hands
anything remotely 'ethnic'
brightly coloured bras
pop music
sitting on the ground for any reason
having the curtains drawn during the day
ankle boots
jelly shoes
big earrings

and many many more things
she was SO MUCH FUN

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