posted on Oct, 25 2016 @ 04:27 PM
I was giving some thought to expressions that have fallen out of favour over the last few decades. Probably the only people to use them now would be
the elderly, or possibly they might pop up in old films.
These are all T&C friendly although the fact that the F-word is less taboo than it used to be might account for the older, more varied expressions
being dropped as it's so much easier to just use that expletive.
Most of these expressions would be used to express surprise:
You could have knocked me down with a feather
Well, I'll be blowed
Lord, luvva duck
Well I'm damned
Stone the crows
Well I never
Don't talk wet -said to someone spouting (in the listener's opinion) rubbish
You daft 'aporth – no idea of the spelling but think it's a short form of halfpence worth
I'll pole-axe you (surprisingly, a favourite expression of my mother's)
A couple of my favourites only popped up in comics such as The Beano:
I'm guessing those are / were more common in Scotland where the comics were produced.
Obscure Cockney rhyming slang is amusing. It helps if you know the complete expression otherwise you wouldn't have much luck fathoming the
Titfer = hat (tit for tat)
Cup of rosie = cup of tea (Rosie Lee)
Anyone got anything to add? I should know heaps more – especially the rhyming slang having been subjected to it for over a decade – but I've gone