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bless him!

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syberia Thu 01-Dec-11 09:38:11

My OH has used the phrase "damp squid" twice this morning while having a political rant, I hadn't the heart to correct him!! smile

bagitha Thu 01-Dec-11 09:42:27

Aaah. grin

kittylester Thu 01-Dec-11 09:52:31

Worse than that, Richard Bacon on Radio 5 also thought it was a damp squid and couldn't explain the meaning of the phrase to (Little) Jimmy Osmond. Luckily Peter Thingy was there to explain!

syberia Thu 01-Dec-11 10:16:08

I have just checked on t'internet to make sure I am not mistaken, and, yes, it was a lady called Kitty Lester who had a hit with "Love Letters" in the 60s. I knew the name rang a bell!! smile

Notsogrand Thu 01-Dec-11 10:25:44 we have a pop star in our ranks?

jingl Thu 01-Dec-11 10:31:24

Well! I always thought it was squid! shock

I think everybody most people do.

(I knew it meant, sort of, a firework that didn't go off because it was damp)

em Thu 01-Dec-11 10:39:07

Yes Jingl you're right and a firework is a squib not a squid. Surely most squids are damp most of the time so what would be the significance of a damp squid anyway? Damp squibs don't 'go off' - hence the anti-climax! That was such a boring explanation - went like a damp squib really.

jingl Thu 01-Dec-11 10:44:31

Yes! It's weird. I know what a squid is too - some sort of fishy thing (I think).

Have vaguely wondered about the logic of the saying! grin

jingl Thu 01-Dec-11 10:45:39

I have just asked DH and son. They both know it is squib!

It's just me!

And Syberia's OH! grin

jingl Thu 01-Dec-11 10:47:12

Right Syberia. Say "bless her" about me too, please. smile

jingl Thu 01-Dec-11 10:48:08

It's got to be ageing brains! shock

Well, in my case, that is.

kittylester Thu 01-Dec-11 10:58:17

Syberia how I wish it was true but I thought that was Ketty Lester - I can't sing a note never mind sing like Ketty Lester!

On the original topic, surely squid are always rather damp as em said and it would be against their rights to be set on fire!!

jingl Thu 01-Dec-11 11:39:52

Well, if I walked into a fishmonger today and asked for half a pound of the little b----rs, I still wouldn't know which to ask for. hmm

syberia Thu 01-Dec-11 11:47:05

I have a dear friend who uses the expressions " It takes two to tangle" (tango) and " he is just swinging his leg" (swinging the lead). She always makes me smile!!

Hmmm, a thread on malapropisms?

jingl Thu 01-Dec-11 12:13:47

My aunty always used to talk about the alligator in her washing machine. (agitator) smile

susiecb Thu 01-Dec-11 12:15:27

My FIL had always had ' an elegant sufficiency ' after a meal bless himsmile

Carol Thu 01-Dec-11 12:19:28

My MIL didn't go out of her house very much in later life. 'I've got acraflavia, dear' she would explain.

susiecb Thu 01-Dec-11 12:24:39

i had an aunty who recommended Perry Sitimol for headaches.

jingl Thu 01-Dec-11 12:34:32

Ooh Susie. smile

bagitha Thu 01-Dec-11 13:12:33

susie grin

Twobabes Thu 01-Dec-11 13:39:01

The old lady I used to live next to suffered a variety of ailments, most of which she felt were the after-effects of her hysterogamy.

Twobabes Thu 01-Dec-11 13:54:36

Re fish/fireworks - over 30 years ago, in Rome, H and I had delicious meal in a cafe. We'd chosen something we'd never heard of and asked the waiter what we'd eaten - "Ees squeebs, no?"

And that's what squid has been called in our house ever since.

gracesmum Thu 01-Dec-11 14:45:45

I know this is not in the same league, but I have heard a lot of people who claim close acquaintanceship with Arthur (Itis)

Greatnan Thu 01-Dec-11 14:50:42

'Elegant sufficiency' was what the ladies of Cranford said when they served, or were served, tiny snacks at their tea parties. I love Mrs. Gaskell's novels.

grandmaagain Thu 01-Dec-11 14:57:11

I once worked with a lady who bought all her furniture at mi5 (we think she meant MFI but had'nt the heart to tell her)