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Sayings - Especially From The Past

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A few of my favourites;

Mouth like a burnt out fusebox - a more modern phrase to describe those who enjoy recreational substances

"Al tan thee arrse" - a sure sign you were in trouble

"Yer allus chelpin'" used to describe a whingy kid

"Am banner go darn tarn" - a Heavy Woollen favourite. I've lived in the North of North Yorks for 20 years and went in my local last week. On hearing this phrase I asked where the guy was from - Dewsbury Moor. Often linked to "ee wor agate" meaning "he was telling me". You hear both a lot.

"There's nowt as thick as folk" - a favourite of my Gran.

"If he told you to jump in't Calder would you do it?" - Basically you're easily led.


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You weren't born in Pilkingtons - You are stood between me and the tv

Stop mithering - Please leave me alone

Stop skriking - Stop crying/moaning

It's cracking flags - It's vey hot 

It's like Blackpool in here - People keep leaving lights on in the house

Absolute bobbins - That's useless

Chuck it in - Stop it

Put your face straight - stop sulking

Giz a backie - Please can I ride on your bike with you?

Any road - Anyway

You'll get choked off - You will get into trouble 


My Grandma used to say about my Grandad "He's as daft as me hat", but I never saw her wear a hat and I've never heard anyone else say it.

Finally, I was at Wembley once watching GB v Aus and one of the Aussies stayed down as if badly injured. A bloke behind me shouted "Get up you big tattaaar!" (spelling?) and I burst out laughing. I turned round and said you must be from Warrington? He was.


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On 26/09/2022 at 15:31, Bearman said:

San Fairy Anne.......

It doesn't matter

Brought back from the trenches of WW1 ( Fr Sans Faire Rien)



Pedant mode:  it's actually, "ca ne fait rien." The 'c' in "ca" should have a cedilla so it is pronounced like an 's'. Spoken quickly, it sounds like 'san ferry an' and does, indeed, mean "it doesn't matter." End of pedant mode.

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