Please can you let me know any family sayings, quotes or poems you may have and their meaning and significance to you. Here are some of mine:
‘old me ‘and and call me Charlie’ I need to work on the cockney accent
‘It aint all lavender’ I discovered this was a title to a song by Joseph Tabrar written in 1894, I can’t find all the lyrics though so if anyone knows them please let me know.
‘Oh my giddy aunt’
‘I’ll be two shakes of a lambs tail’
‘All get east aldgate out’
‘Remember you’re British’
‘I’ll ‘ave your guts for garters’
‘I’ll slap you with a wet lettuce’
‘Stone the flammin crows’
Most of these sayings come from in and around London and a few are from the music halls. There are more and I will keep adding them. I am fascinated by these sayings and have used them almost without realising. I think for me it is a connection with the past and my heritage but also a softer (in some cases) way of commenting on everyday occurences. The language used is often more poetic, a play on words and more subtle, less likely to cause embarrassment or just very funny. A pleasant contrast to the way conversations are conducted today.