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Old expressions not in general use.

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Nelliemoser Wed 18-Jul-18 17:40:54

I was looking up this today and could not find many references. (On my tablet )To me it was just what you said.

"Skin a rabbit for ninepence" when pulling off a small childs clothes for bed.
I am from the East Midlands where I would have first heard it. any help please.

NanaMacGeek Sun 05-Aug-18 15:18:53

I've just remembered Mum saying that a neighbour was “no better than she ought to be”. The same neighbour also “thought she was the cat's whiskers” (I don't think Mum liked her very much).

My grandfather would “bet a pound to a penny that....” (something would or wouldn't happen).

In our house, some people were “as thin as a rake” and could be “as daft as a brush”. “Where there's muck there's brass” and “there are none so strange as folks” were other sayings around at the time.

I still say “gosh” or sometimes, to make GC laugh, “oh golly gosh” or “jolly hockeysticks”.

lemongrove Sun 05-Aug-18 13:29:34

‘Thin as a whippet’ was another phrase.

lemongrove Sun 05-Aug-18 13:28:42

I too remember ‘black bright’ ( only remembered it when seeing sodapop’s post though.)
Grandma used to say ‘now them Dolly Varden’ to me ( a music hall turn?)
I still say ‘gosh’! Does anyone else?

NanaMacGeek Sun 05-Aug-18 13:19:07

He's all teeth and trousers.

There's none as deaf as won't hear.

I'd rather feed him for a week than a fortnight.

Evil is as evil does.

I also have a dim memory of “many a mickle makes a muckle”.

This thread has taken me back to both sets of grandparents and even great grandparents.

Daddima Sun 05-Aug-18 12:49:34

If the house was messy, my mother would say it was like ‘ Anneker’s midden’.
I believe Annaker was a Glasgow butcher whose midden (rubbish tip) was often rifled by the poor.

grandtanteJE65 Sun 05-Aug-18 11:48:23

At school we said "It's snowing in Paris" if someone's slip was on show.

"He has bats in the belfry" was one of my Grannie's expressions for anyone who was slightly odd.

Has someone already mentioned "He's no as green as he's cabbage-looking" meaning that someone wasn't as stupid as all that?

LadyO Mon 23-Jul-18 14:43:44

Many of the phrases already mentioned are very familiar to me... another one used by my late Mum (from Bristol)... if you knew someone vaguely you might say “his cat ran in our passage” smile

sodapop Mon 23-Jul-18 13:01:24

If something was very dirty my mother would say 'its black bright '

Katek Mon 23-Jul-18 10:05:09

My Sil is from Lanarkshire and has a very colourful (!) turn of phrase. One he uses to emphasise something being immovable/fixed/permanent is “as long as my a* points south”. Don’t know if this is purely a Central Belt saying. My father always used to say “ye gods” as an exclamation of surprise and I still do occasionally.,

MamaCaz Sun 22-Jul-18 09:04:11

... and of a women seen as a bit snobbish, or having ideas above her station: "She thinks she's quality street, that one!"

MamaCaz Sun 22-Jul-18 09:00:32

Nanny, in DH's family, such a woman was said to be "all fur coat and no knickers" grin

Nanna58 Sat 21-Jul-18 22:59:10

My nan would describe a woman she thought of as being ‘fast’ as ‘ all red hat and no drawers’ !

Daddima Sat 21-Jul-18 15:40:54

Oh, and it was ‘raining in Paris’ when your underskirt was showing!

( In Paris they said, “ Vous cherchez une belle-mère”, which means “you’re looking for a mother-in-law!”)

Daddima Sat 21-Jul-18 15:35:16

My late father saw many men about many dogs!

“ Come away in, there’s a gill sent for”, to an arriving guest, and, “ Mind your heid on the lobby lamp”, to a departing one!

Melanieeastanglia Sat 21-Jul-18 13:11:45

"Fine words butter no parsnips"

MawBroon Sat 21-Jul-18 13:07:15

One of my Scottish granny’s favourites was “Free, gratis and for nothing”
Another, on punctuality, was to talk of “Falling in with the doors”

Aepgirl Sat 21-Jul-18 11:40:56

My dad's favourite was 'cheap at half the price'.

callgirl1 Fri 20-Jul-18 23:42:45

I lived with my grandma through my teen years, and whenever I was going out and had a belt on fastened tightly, she`d say I was "tied up like a rice bun". That was in Lancashire.

Skynnylynny Fri 20-Jul-18 23:23:25

My dad would say “Get the big hook” if he was watching something on tv and didn’t like the performance. I think this was before remotes and also before there was lots of choice. I also heard him say “Good gardenstuff” when he was flummoxed or surprised about something.

GreenGran78 Fri 20-Jul-18 23:06:16

GIN "Fossilised fish-hooks" is an expression used in the lovely "Jennings and Derbyshire" series of books. I have no idea whether Anthony Buckridge invented the expression or used an something he had heard before.
Did you dredge it up from your memory after reading the books as a child?

NanaRayna Fri 20-Jul-18 22:45:06

Two of Nan's regular quotes:
'You look like Annie off the carnoffle boat' (when someone appeared dishevelled).
'I'm saying nothing, but even a monkey has his thoughts.'
East End of London

GreenGran78 Fri 20-Jul-18 22:44:16

Grandma70s mention of 'frightened' reminds me of a story a teacher friend told me. A little lad, who had a broad Wigan accent, put his hand up and said, "Please, Miss, how do you spell 'frittend t'dee-ath?' (frightened to death!)

FarNorth Fri 20-Jul-18 22:42:29

Gee whizz! (Btw, remember Cheese Whizz?)

Jings! - like Oor Wullie.
I say it but my DH said he's never heard anyone else use it.

madnanna Fri 20-Jul-18 22:40:47

My Scouse friend says "going to turn my bike around" when she goes to the loo

Overthehills Fri 20-Jul-18 22:19:01

My Dad often went to see a man about a dog.
We had (I still have) a hot press - airing cupboard.