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To think people should use these words/phrases more often

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SybilRamkin Mon 30-Jun-14 12:02:13

Inspired by the 'hubster' thread, there are several words and phrases in our glorious language that have been much neglected of late, and I resolve to use them more often.

My current favourites:

"I don't like the cut of your jib"

"steal a march [on someone]"


What words and/or phrases do you think should be brought back into common parlance?

JoyceDivision Mon 30-Jun-14 12:05:50


As in 'Mum, I've babbed my pants' or 'That is bab'


Writerwannabe83 Mon 30-Jun-14 12:14:01

I like the words fruitless and turncoat smile

OhFFSWhatsWrongNow Mon 30-Jun-14 13:12:17

"Stop fannying about" is a favourite in this house grin as is "heavens to Betsy!"

Tinuviel Mon 30-Jun-14 13:35:39

FFS, that is very popular here and easy to change to 'Stop faffing about' in front of small children!

Andrewofgg Mon 30-Jun-14 13:41:32

"Is this a good time to talk?" To be asked by ILs and the answer listened to and respected.

And when I was in my teens faffing about was called fucking the dog - an activity which was pointless and not even much fun.

OberonTheHopeful Mon 30-Jun-14 13:44:22

I say 'steal a march' sometimes. I also like 'that's all fine and dandy' smile

Roobix04 Fri 04-Jul-14 19:43:10

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ShakeYourTailFeathers Fri 04-Jul-14 19:45:21

ah, see fucking the dog here in Canada means skiving....

lollygagging is alive and well here too grin

LindyHemming Fri 04-Jul-14 19:46:59

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OscarWinningActress Fri 04-Jul-14 19:47:29

Gormless, trousers, hooligan, smashing!

Revenant Fri 04-Jul-14 21:04:22

I regularly lollygag. I don't think "behoove"happens often enough..

MehsMum Fri 04-Jul-14 21:08:48

DH likes 'especial'. I'm keen on 'aforesaid'.

Twitten a word I miss. My DM was from Sussex and used it all the time, but it just doesn't come naturally to me.

Lollygag is new to me.
<rushes off to look it up>

Mustgo Fri 04-Jul-14 21:12:38

Love hitherto
So forth
Thank you - not thanx
After you.

Toofertaffer Fri 04-Jul-14 21:13:59

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nomdemere Fri 04-Jul-14 21:14:16

'That's not my pigeon' for 'that's not my area/subject of expertise'

Quangle Fri 04-Jul-14 21:16:42

I'm bringing back gertcha, Chas n Dave style.

Also giddy kipper.

What does lollygag mean.

JesusInTheCabbageVan Fri 04-Jul-14 21:17:11

S/he couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo."

Always on the lookout for an opportunity to use it. Never have sad

maxpower Fri 04-Jul-14 21:18:39

We like
'now we're cooking on gas'
'Cob on'

mellicauli Fri 04-Jul-14 21:19:19

We like loll. When I explained that loll (but not lol) was a real word they decided to use it extensively..loll..loll..I am LOLLING about..

nameuschangeus Fri 04-Jul-14 21:20:33

I've recently taken a liking to 'lumme' but I don't know where I got it from. I also like 'heavens to Betsy'.

JennyOnTheBlocks Fri 04-Jul-14 21:20:38

I love 'cock a snoop' and whippersnapper

I do tend to use lawks rather more often than I'd like, but trying not to let DD hear 'fucking Nora' too often

StickyEmInTheRibs Fri 04-Jul-14 21:22:02

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nameuschangeus Fri 04-Jul-14 21:22:41

Ooh, and two big favourite expressions recently are : 'if it looks like bullshit and smells like bullshit, it's probably bullshit' and 'you can't polish a turd but you can roll it in glitter'. I feel sad that I don't get more occasions where these two can be used.

EElisavetaofBelsornia Fri 04-Jul-14 21:28:59

Coming in from the Chalet school thread, I can contribute:

"What's the why of that?"
"She is the outside of enough"
"So put that on your needles and knit it".

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