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John Harding

If you walked into the room and left the door open my Gran would say "Put the wood in the hole"

An old Bristolian saying to someone looking a bit glum was "What's the matter with'ee, hitched thee face on a nail?"

A neighbour of mine (now deceased) used to say "Wanna see a good fight? tie 2 cats tails together and chuck em over a washing line!"

Highland Jeannie
star gaze lily wrote (see)

There's one about shutting the door, something about being born in a barn???


Can youremember that one jeannie 

I never understood that when young, as my experience of a barn was quite small with a door cut in 2 halves across the middle.  I now realise that it refers to the really large ones which have double doors opposite each other, so when all open a massive draught was created for winnowing the corn.


Another one of my dad's: do you want me to take my hand off your bottom/face? This was said when we were naughty  Didn't happen often 


look like you've lost a pound and found a penny was the saying when I was growing up for a glum face John


'just round the next roundabout' - dad would say this when we nagged asking are we there yet.
He'd also say ' there and back to see how far it is' when we asked where someone were going.
Anyone else heard these ?
Maybe it was just dad then, wouldn't surprise me.
Another one of dads...
'you rattle like a tin o mabs' ( mabs = marbles). Said when someone talks a lot.
John Harding
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

look like you've lost a pound and found a penny was the saying when I was growing up for a glum face John

Ah! I was quoting an old Bristolian saying - something old Bristolians say!

Another, said about someone a bit dipsy, "He's a sandwich short of a picnic" with a variant: "A penny short of a shilling"

Said by someone astonished, "Well, I'll go to the foot of our stairs" - the American version of that is, "Well, I'll be horn-swaggled"

If ifs and ands were pots and pans there'd be no work for tinkers.

And a penny for 'em ( your thoughts)
Also,one that always reminds me of Mum - said under your breath when you see a sight for sore eyes - "the things you see when you haven't got a gun". We used it more than once for our fellow shoppers at Bluewater yesterday

"See a pin and pick it up and all the day you,ll have good luck,

see a pin and let it lie and you,ll have bad luck all the day."

No idea where this came from,Gran always said it also,if we asked what was for tea,she would say "duck and rounders"


Not the sharpes tool in the box

brick sort of a load

gillyl it was bread and dripping when I was a kid we never had duck you must have been posh LOL



KEF wrote (see)
MrsGarden wrote (see)
Red sky at night shepherds delight, red sky in the morning shepherds warning . Nit sure about sailors though KEF.

That must be why I never understood it  Sailors


Coming from a sea orientated family, the saying goes:

Red sky at night Shepards delight, Red sky at morning Fishermans warning!


flowering rose

Here In the west country an old saying my Great grandmother use to say was ,as long as there is a patch of sky big enough to make a pair of sailors trousers the day would be fine,9 times out of ten she was right! and fine at seven gone by 11,bad at seven fine by 11,and that to is nearly always right too! I like sayings.


how old are you ?

as old as my tongue and a bit older than my teeth

various for anybody looking miserable

eg: face like a pussened rat

looks like she/he has been licking p##s of nettles


my mother-in-law from(Cinderford) still's says sailors trousers and referance to the sky

we are a funny lot aren't we



face like a slapped bottom

or chewing a lemon is a good one