Old sayings, quotes and poems

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.


5 thoughts on “Old sayings, quotes and poems

  1. My Aunt always use to say ” i know him/her they use to chew bread for our ducks” when asked if she knew someone, especially famous peeps and in a full devonian accent x

  2. Hi Taz

    A few here:

    ‘He/she/It’s gone for a burton’, which means either someone has died or something is broken.
    ‘air pie and windy pud’ means very little for dinner if you were naughty

    ‘going tats’ means going out for a walk

    ‘gawd and bennet’ well you probably know this one.

    Cheers H xxx

  3. “Don’t take offence, you’ll never get down the road with it”

    “Between you, me and the Gatepost”

    “Well I go to the foot of our stairs!”

    “Theres more in your head than a comb can take out”

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