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To have sayings that friends have never heard of or don't understand

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justpaddling Sat 28-May-11 12:07:37

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Groovee Sat 28-May-11 12:09:03

Scotch Mist is a saying here

Andrewofgg Sat 28-May-11 12:09:39

As much use as a one-legged man at an arse-kicking party.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 28-May-11 12:10:23

I know all of those, peabody, although I only learnt the cabbage one very recently.

I used 'chilly mortal' recently, as in 'I need to put a cardigan on – I know everyone else is in T-shirts but I'm a chilly mortal' and DP claimed never to have heard it before. I'm sure it's quite common though. No? <worried>

justpaddling Sat 28-May-11 12:11:58

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LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 28-May-11 12:15:14

Thank God!

anniepanniepears Sat 28-May-11 12:15:49

as useful as a ashtray on a moterbike
as much use as a chocolate teapot

justpaddling Sat 28-May-11 12:18:38

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LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 28-May-11 12:22:06

Don't know the motorbike one, I'm afraid, but YES to the others!

onlion Sat 28-May-11 12:26:16

Not heard of any of those

WriterofDreams Sat 28-May-11 12:30:30

Going to someone's house with both arms as long as each other (not bringing anything- considered rude)
If someone is complaining about something silly - "Pity about you!" (NO ONE ever understands this one)
I always get the feeling that English people misunderstand about 60% of what I say as I'm Irish grin

catinboots Sat 28-May-11 12:33:20

My DP said he'd never heard of Softly Softly Catchee Monkey. I was describing how he caught me grin

gallicgirl Sat 28-May-11 12:49:34

A lot of saying like that are regional so it's understandable that friends might not have heard them.

One of my favourites was learned when I first moved to Merseyside - my mouth's as dry as Ghandi's flip-flop. grin

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 28-May-11 12:55:34

I learnt the Gandhi's flip-flop one in Glasgow. It's obviously quite widespread! I love it.

presario Sat 28-May-11 13:06:26

All fur coat and nae knickers ( someone who thinks they are better than everyone else)
Tight as a badgers arse (a stingy person)
Day for the ducks (rainy day)
As useful a a chocolate fireguard
Face like a melted welly ( someone who looks miserable)
Got some funny looks when I moved to a new area and used these sayings.

WhereYouLeftIt Sat 28-May-11 13:07:15

Awa' an' pee up Stephen's pen (Unlikely to be known by anyone outside my family I fear, my grandfather's convoluted version of 'piss off' - Stephen's pen being a sheep-pen in the hills around my hometown.)

As hard as a whore's heart
As much use as a spare prick at a whore's wedding (Both these pronouncing whore as 'hoor')

justpaddling Sat 28-May-11 13:10:39

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presario Sat 28-May-11 13:13:40

Away and boil yer Heid another version of piss off

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sat 28-May-11 13:14:59

Rough as a badger's arse (when describing e.g. a dodgy pub)

xxx went down like a ham sandwich at a Jewish wedding.

justpaddling Sat 28-May-11 13:17:35

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WhereYouLeftIt Sat 28-May-11 13:18:22

I always liked He's a right heid-the-ba'

(Footballs used to be heavy leather, even heavier when wet, so taking headers too often had a similar effect of a baxer taking too many punches to the head.)

BoffinMum Sat 28-May-11 13:20:05

Will you have it now or when you get it? (to greedy children)
It's warm and wet (i.e. tea not made to your satisfaction)
Mash the tea (let it brew for a bit)
You're as old as your tongue and a little bit older than your teeth.
It's black over Bill's mother's (weather effect where it's bright where you are standing but dark clouds a mile or so away away)
Beer-off (off-licence)


WhereYouLeftIt Sat 28-May-11 13:20:17

"So hungry I could eat a scabby horse"

Our local variation was 'I could eat a scabby-heided wean' (wean=child)

BoffinMum Sat 28-May-11 13:20:22

Sorry, trump meant fart.

BeerTricksPotter Sat 28-May-11 13:28:13

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