What is the origin of the saying "sitting on a jelly"?

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sandyreierson asked the Naked Scientists:

I'm desperate to find the meaning of the phrase "sitting on a jelly". I have searched throughout google with no luck.  it's used in a book i'm reading and I believe it is of Scottish origin.

Can you help?

What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: 04/07/2008 16:13:57 »
In Scotland jelly or "jeely" is jam.  A jam sandwich is a "jeely piece".

So sitting on your jeely (piece) would be an upsetting event. This may be the origin of your phase.

http://www.roblightbody.com/scotland/scotlandjeely.htm

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« Reply #2 on: 04/07/2008 16:34:43 »
...except Jelly is slightly different to Jam in Scotland.

Jelly is sieved through a Jelly Bag, I can remember my granny doing this with brambles since they contain a lot of seeds.

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