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Ridiculous ‘in jokes’ that you no longer know the provenance of.

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CredulousThickos Fri 22-Sep-17 22:15:10

Have just sat down to watch tv with DH. Mock the Week is on. So we’ve both gone, ooh muuuurch the weeeerk and then sang over the theme tune by singing ‘newsoftheworld newsoftheworld newsoftheworld’ over all the actual lyrics.

We must have been doing this for about ten years now and I’ve no idea why.

We also pluralise/apostrophise and butcher celebrity names (Kylie’s Minogue, Liza Starbucks etc) and try to make a long chain of celebrity tenuous and fictional links, like Bruno Mars is Freddie Mercury’s nephew, who in turn is Freddie Krueger’s brother, who is married to Diane Kruger...

Tell me your frankly insane couple or family ramblings to make us feel a bit normaler!

CredulousThickos Fri 22-Sep-17 22:24:04

We also call using the remote ‘pushing the tit’. As in, if it’s paused to make a drink, the drink maker will come in and say ‘push the tit’. No idea at all where that came from.

Walkforvictory Fri 22-Sep-17 22:26:06

"It's a po-tay-to" when we peel spuds. But I do remember the KP friars/ fryers ad it was from. The line before was " Ah don't know: it's covered wi' muck!"

The kids have no idea what we are on about.

choccyp1g Fri 22-Sep-17 22:30:28

I normally get up at 7.30, but sometimes at the weekend I "get a potato clock"

darksideofthemooncup Fri 22-Sep-17 22:31:16

Me and Dh can't offer each other orange juice without saying OOOOORAAAAANGE JUUUICE? no idea why

BackieJerkhart Fri 22-Sep-17 22:36:38

Best friend and I have used "whose a bit of a moaning Michael?" for years with no idea where it originated. Then a few weeks ago I happened to be watching father ted and saw graham norton saying it! Bingo! One of us must have heard it years ago and started using it.

NotTheDuchessOfCambridge Fri 22-Sep-17 22:37:06

Me and DH used to say "love you millions", one day he said it and it sounded like melons. So now we alway say love your melons.

Unihorn Fri 22-Sep-17 22:44:06

We always say "good woooork Emilyyy" if someone does something obvious. After the Maggi So Juicy adverts a few years ago.

*backie" we also do that Father Ted reference!

ILoveMillhousesDad Fri 22-Sep-17 22:45:40

This is a bit horrible, but we play a game called 'deadlines'. we started it years ago one christmas and I can't remember why.

You have to make up a newspaper style pun when a celebrity dies, then we vote on the winner (it's a family wide game on whatsapp)

It's obviously taking the piss out of 'what would The Sun post if x died' and not the death of the celeb.

BoysofMelody Fri 22-Sep-17 22:46:23

You've got it wrong again Brian - no idea who Brian is or was.

SoftlyCatchyMonkey1 Fri 22-Sep-17 22:51:22

We always call profiteroles 'profitable rolls' in our family. People must think we're stupid.

Allthebestnamesareused Fri 22-Sep-17 22:55:39

Stiffy cocky pudding anyone?

EyeDrops Fri 22-Sep-17 22:56:26

It's certain words in my family. Butter and mayonnaise are said in properly ridiculous, exaggerated accents of some sort. No idea why!

And it's just made me remember the origin of this - we often say "At-at" instead of bye. Yeeeears ago we just trying out different words backwards around the breakfast table, as you do. "Ta-ta" (Yorkshire "bye" I think?!) backwards is "At-at", and it just stuck.

CredulousThickos Fri 22-Sep-17 22:58:29

DS2 proclaimed his favourite dessert was Terrible Soup recently. I wonder if in years to come we will still be calling Tiramasu that even though we’ve forgotten why.

I’m loving Deadlines. Not sure what that says about me to be honest grin

CatastropheKate Fri 22-Sep-17 23:03:58

Man get out, instead of mangetout.

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Fri 22-Sep-17 23:04:01

Credulous Mock the Week theme is News of the World by The Jam.

ReanimatedSGB Fri 22-Sep-17 23:06:44

Oh I love this sort of thing (there used to be a whole radio programme dedicated to it - family sayings and odd catchphrases). My granddad used to say, if you asked him what was in a box or a bag or whatever 'Dolls' eyes and railway bridges.' My parents refer to being 'Cuppatea'd' if you get let down or blown out by someone because they had a better offer. My own one is to get 'Joplinned' - which is to have some important event or achievement absolutely overshadowed by a major news event stealing your thunder...

We sing 'how deep is your bath' to the tune of 'how deep is your love' to DS at bath time. No idea why? We also put on exaggerated local accents and call each other 'duck' when asking for a cuppa even though we don't speak like that at all confused

KurriKurri Fri 22-Sep-17 23:08:03

DD ( grown up) and I say 'I'm Titty' whenever there is a lull in a conversation, or we can't think of a riposte in an argument, etc. It has to be said in an eager slightly posh voice.

(It came about from an item on the local news about some school children doing a play of Swallows and Amazons, the interviewer asked a question and quite unrelated to what he asked, one little girl piped up 'I'm Titty' and obviously we had to adopt the phrase)

We also do a thing where we tilt our hips forward and our heads back, sashay along like models and say 'pleased to meet you' to each other in a kind of strangulated Janet Street Porter voice. I don't know why we do this.

We also give the dog a gruff little voice and make him say 'I'm a boy you fuckers, I've got a wink-wonk'. Again - I don't know why.

There are many others, we are quite weird. grin

MontyPants Fri 22-Sep-17 23:08:33

DB and I have "Melon baller" said in a silly voice. We don't know where it came from. We have been saying it to each other for years (for no particular occasion or situation, we just say it). Wish I knew why!

LemonRedwood Fri 22-Sep-17 23:08:41

When pretending we're going to just have one of something but knowing we're going to have more (usually drink-related), my sis, my mum and I always say, "Just the one, Mrs Wembley."

Can't really remember where it came from. Think it may have been a tv programme.

CredulousThickos Fri 22-Sep-17 23:11:17

Enrique, I know, but we just drone ‘newsoftheworld, newsoftheworld, newsoftheworld’ over the whole thing in a flat monotone. You’d probably have to be there. Although tbf you probably still wouldn’t get it. We don’t, and we do it 😂

CotswoldStrife Fri 22-Sep-17 23:12:06

We must have had hundreds of these at work, I can't even remember half of them now! Anything to brighten up the day!

Family-wise, anything good was described as 'civilised'. Posh stuff was 'highly civilised'. No idea why. We still do it now, tbh.

LegoHurts Fri 22-Sep-17 23:12:15

"*It's a po-tay-to"*
* "Ah don't know: it's covered wi' muck"*"

^^
We do this! blushblushblush

elephantoverthehill Fri 22-Sep-17 23:12:38

Enrithque I'm stupidly glad that you pointed that one out. Although, 'Read all about it' is in there as well.

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