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Do you have any weird family sayings that don't seem to make sense or any really wise sayings.

My Mum always says, "She'll come round without any water" if I fall out with a friend.

She also comments when a person is having trouble finding someone to love, "There is a lid for every dustbin."

Wise words indeed.
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« Reply #1 on: 01/06/2008 03:10:39 »
Those are very nice things to remember. Nice thread!
« Last Edit: 01/06/2008 03:15:41 by Karen W. »

"Life is not measured by the number of Breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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« Reply #2 on: 01/06/2008 10:49:29 »
"If your grandad was alive today he'd turn in his grave"
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« Reply #3 on: 01/06/2008 20:13:45 »
"Love creeps up your back and knocks your hat off."
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« Reply #4 on: 01/06/2008 20:42:44 »
"Love creeps up your back and knocks your hat off."

No it doesn't. It jumps up & kicks you in the nuts!
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« Reply #5 on: 01/06/2008 23:45:42 »
"you'll spoil your tea"
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« Reply #6 on: 02/06/2008 03:19:50 »
she is such a bad cook she could burn water.
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« Reply #7 on: 03/06/2008 18:00:47 »
If you ever come and see me I will prove you wrong.
*smell of garlic roast lamb wafting into computer.*
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« Reply #8 on: 08/07/2008 18:11:28 »
My Mum was on the phone yesterday and described her friend who is always ill as 'a creaking gate.' She comes up with some real corkers!
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« Reply #9 on: 08/07/2008 19:00:43 »
I heard a goodun on the radio the other day. It was on the news. They were interviewing people about the rising cost of petrol. One woman said "It's dreadful. You can't go anywhere near as far on a tank of petrol these days".
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« Reply #10 on: 08/07/2008 19:13:59 »
LOL LOL!! Hee hee hee..

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« Reply #11 on: 08/07/2008 20:41:28 »
From my neighbour, an old lady of 96:

"Its not surprising the seas are rising with all that rain we've had!"

Me mother on sleep:

"An hour before 12 is worth two after"


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« Reply #12 on: 09/07/2008 21:49:04 »
My friend's daughter had a stomach bug last week for the first time ever. She ran into my friend's bedroom shouting "Mummy, come look, I've got flat poo."
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« Reply #13 on: 10/07/2008 00:48:00 »
A famous rock group of the 60's and 70' name comes from an old East Texas saying about how cold a night is during winter. The colder it gets, the more dogs you need in bed to keep you warm, the colder the night. Thus, the rock group, "Three Dog Night." It is a rather cold night.

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« Reply #14 on: 10/07/2008 01:14:31 »
  Talking about the weather, "Its colder then a well diggers behind"

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« Reply #15 on: 10/07/2008 09:10:47 »
A famous rock group of the 60's and 70' name comes from an old East Texas saying about how cold a night is during winter. The colder it gets, the more dogs you need in bed to keep you warm, the colder the night. Thus, the rock group, "Three Dog Night." It is a rather cold night.



I knew that; although I didn't realise it originated from Texas.
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« Reply #16 on: 10/07/2008 20:24:50 »
It didn't, its and old Australian Aboriginal saying and they nicked it!


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« Reply #17 on: 10/07/2008 20:34:43 »
If it were of Australian Aboriginal origin, would it not have been a "three dingo night"?
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« Reply #18 on: 10/07/2008 20:51:20 »
I don't think so..

http://www.danspapers.com/issue31_2006/sup4.html

How the band got the name:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Dog_Night

I didn't realise though that the native Inuit people used the term.








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« Reply #19 on: 10/07/2008 21:38:24 »
My maternal grandmother, who was born about 1890, used to tell me that in the Fens, at the beginning of the hard winter weather, people would smear their bodies in goose fat and wrap themselves in brown paper. They then would put their clothes on over this - they would be changed* but the grease and brown paper stayed on for the duration. I've done a lot of reading about the fens and spoken to many people and have no reason not to believe her.

*With the exception of underwear; this was reversed half-way through - perhaps as a Christmas treat.   [:I]

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« Reply #20 on: 10/07/2008 22:33:06 »
They could have suffered some nasty paper cuts!  [:o]
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« Reply #21 on: 10/07/2008 22:34:46 »
Mad Man - that's interesting. Thank you for the links. Isn't it strange that 2 peoples so far apart can have the same expression.
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« Reply #22 on: 11/07/2008 22:55:58 »
I agree.

Its a bit like parallel ideas? Two people having almost the same ideas/designs/theories at almost the same time but separated by continents.

Science seems to be full of it.

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« Reply #23 on: 15/07/2008 12:06:56 »
"What is the best vegetable to serve with spaghetti bolognaise?"
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« Reply #24 on: 15/07/2008 12:13:31 »
"If you don't eat your carrots, then you won't be able to see in the dark"

Rosalind Franklin was my first cousin and one my life's main regrets is that I never met this brilliant and beautiful lady.
She discovered the Single DNA Helix in 1953, then it was taken by Wilkins without her knowledge or agreeement.

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« Reply #25 on: 15/07/2008 12:39:57 »
"Eat that up, it'll put hairs on your chest!"

This one would send me screaming from the dinning room.
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« Reply #26 on: 15/07/2008 20:57:12 »
LOL... Thats funny one for sure... I heard it my whole life! LOL So far so good though.. no unruly hair on my chest! LOL! They never said anything about my chin though!!!

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« Reply #27 on: 15/07/2008 21:18:36 »
I was also told that if I didn't eat the crusts from my bread that
I'd get curly hair. (it is straight).
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« Reply #28 on: 11/12/2008 08:12:29 »
We don't seem to have had "Don't pull faces. If the wind changes, you'll stay like that."

My father often shouted at me: "Pull your socks up!" and when you're 4, this is what you do (shortly before receiving a cuff behind the ear for trying to be clever).

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« Reply #29 on: 11/12/2008 11:56:51 »
"Cough up, it might be a gold watch". What's all that about?  [???]
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« Reply #30 on: 11/12/2008 12:03:58 »
"Cough up, it might be a gold watch". What's all that about?  [???]

I heard something similar "Chuck up chicken, it might be a gold watch". As you say, what?


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« Reply #31 on: 11/12/2008 12:05:21 »
Did people used to be in the habit of swallowing gold watches?
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« Reply #32 on: 11/12/2008 12:10:34 »
My mother in law to her son: "What are you doing?"
Son: "Nothing."
MIL: "What are you doing it with?"
Son: "My finger."

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« Reply #33 on: 11/12/2008 12:13:23 »
MIL: "What are you doing it with?"

What was MakeItLady doing there!?  [:0]
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« Reply #34 on: 11/12/2008 12:14:45 »
We have a deep and dark secret.....which has nothing to do with jammy scones, thankfully

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« Reply #35 on: 11/12/2008 12:16:58 »
PHEW - that's a relief. Please don't mention baps  [:P]
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« Reply #36 on: 11/12/2008 12:26:30 »
or muffins

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« Reply #37 on: 11/12/2008 12:27:31 »
Do you know, I pride myself on how quickly we can bugger up a thread.

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« Reply #38 on: 11/12/2008 12:29:39 »
Anyway, there was a teacher at school who said of a boy "If you keep picking your nose, you'll go straight to the head."

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« Reply #39 on: 11/12/2008 12:39:48 »
I thought his brain would fall out. That's what my nan said.
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« Reply #40 on: 12/12/2008 12:49:39 »
An old Norfolk man once told me "If you ever catch a weasel asleep, piss in its ear".
I never did know what he meant.

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« Reply #41 on: 12/12/2008 13:48:52 »
An old Norfolk man once told me "If you ever catch a weasel asleep, piss in its ear".
I never did know what he meant.

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« Reply #42 on: 12/12/2008 16:26:36 »
I think that's just an east anglian perversion! In London we do it in tramps' ears.
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« Reply #43 on: 13/12/2008 14:51:20 »
In Canada they do it to Beavers.
MIL: "What are you doing it with?"

What was MakeItLady doing there!?  [:0]
When it comes to spotting boys doing naughty things, I'm the expert and will be around to all your houses.
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« Reply #44 on: 13/12/2008 14:53:21 »
In Canada they do it to Beavers.
MIL: "What are you doing it with?"

What was MakeItLady doing there!?  [:0]
When it comes to spotting boys doing naughty things, I'm the expert and will be around to all your houses.

Can you swim?
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« Reply #45 on: 13/12/2008 14:59:28 »
My husband drove his car into what he thought was a small flood. His car needs a new turbo engine and new carpets. He is a very glum boy.
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« Reply #46 on: 13/12/2008 15:29:50 »
I did that a few years ago. Well, sort of.

At the time I was living in a small village in the wilds of Suffolk. I was driving home in the early hours of the morning. Just oustide our village is a hill. I crested the hill doing about 50mph, turned a bend and <<SPLASH>> - I went straight into a flood. It must have been 2ft deep and went along about 20 feet of the road. The water was flowing across the road in a torrent. It wasn't somewhere I would have expected a flood as it was still quite a way up the hill. The engine died but fortunately my momentum carried me almost through. It was certainly a lot shallower where the car stopped.

I wasn't the only one who had come unstuck. There were about half a dozen other cars in the same predicament and a couple of recovery trucks in attendance. It was only a mile or so to my house so I left the car & walked home.

The next morning I got a friend to take me back there with a fresh battery and plenty of paper towels. By then there were about 10 cars littered around the side of the road. I changed the battery & tried to dry the electrics but it didn't work & my friend had to tow me. That was quite amusing as he had a 1 litre metro and my car was a big, heavy Rover.

At home I got the trusty hairdryer on the electrics and eventually everything worked again. I was lucky that nothing got damaged or ruined by the water.
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« Reply #47 on: 13/12/2008 17:08:50 »
Sadly turbo engines are not so forgiving. He is still in Salisbury trying to get a courtesy car. I hope he gets one or I'll have to get the chauffeurs uniform out.
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« Reply #48 on: 13/12/2008 17:22:35 »
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« Reply #49 on: 13/12/2008 17:34:36 »
It must be difficult to operate the pedals in those 5" stilettos.

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