posted on Sep, 12 2010 @ 11:34 PM
I was just wondering if any of you lovely ATS people had any unusual local phrases or saying that are peculiar to the particular area the you come
from, especially if they are from your parents or grand parents.
My grandparents from both side are from the East end of London (cockneys) and they had a very particular way of speaking that just doesn't exist
anymore, they would reel off bizarre saying in conversation that wouldn't be understood by anyone today unless you grew up in that area in that
Phrases that I remember my Grandmother using.
1 "She / He used to chew bread for our ducks"
Yes this is a really odd one, but it would be used if you were talking about a person that my Grandmother had never heard of i.e Do you know Lady Gaga
"Oh yes of course! She used to chew bread for our ducks"
2. "It's black over Wills mothers way"
This phrase was used by my Gran when she looked out of the window and saw storm clouds in the distance.
3 "As black as Newgates knocker"
Another phrase used to describe storm clouds referencing the gates of Newgate prison in London
I will try to think of some more, my grandmother was a goldmine for these kind of things.
This way of talking in the East end has more or less completely vanished and I feel hat it's somehow important to keep a record of such strange
obscure colloquialisms, I would really like to know some of yours!