Like most families, we’ve accumulated an odd collection of words and sayings. For the fun of it, we’ve started writing them down.
“Family” includes Arthurs, Baineses, Bouwers, Burns, Claydons, Collards, Dixons, Ellis-Kings, Evelyns, Gallaghers, Gordons, Harrisons, Harrison-Bouwers, Healiffs, Healys, Hugheses, Iliffs, Janeses, Kings, King-Sheards, Macarthurs, Mazes, Quintons, Taggarts, Tomatoes, Westerhofs… and anyone else who can stand the shame.
Number of entries so far: 245.
Higwi Kombi n: High Wycombe 20 Apr >
crank tea n: Herbal infusion 20 Apr >
wut‽ exc: Like what‽, but whattier 16 Apr >
have speaks v: Discuss 16 Apr >
that man did smack me with a needle! exc: Toddler Mark’s blubbing reaction to an inoculation which he had not expected 16 Apr >
14155 n: Iliff 16 Apr >
PAC n: 1) Pissing awful coffee. 2) Pa’s awful coffee …depending on the audience 13 Apr >
jam sandwich n: Police car 13 Apr >
blop n: Like blob, but ploppier 13 Apr >
salad pie n: Quiche 13 Apr >
The explorer lets you:
1-2-3 wash yourself, ducky!
a crow, letting
a peach of a boat
a touch of the don’t-want-to-goes
all of a sudden a big black pudding came floating through the air
basking hickory stick
boom and scrunch
breathe in, it’s good for you
bum of the flightle bee
case case case
charge like a wounded bull
contrived delights of LA
couldn’t organise a black pudding
cover it over quick, Jemima!
de petits pois
der dee twiddly, dee twiddly, dee botty-cracks
do it self!
fart young smeller
fiat lux, a remark attributed to God
fire eng truck
flopsam & jepsam
forgetty bowl of naise
gee what great looking kids – are they adopted?
get off and milk it!
get off home with you!
good girl, Daddy
graunty / gruncle
home again, home again, jiggedy jog
hot will grow cold, if greedy will wait
how’s your belly off for spots?
I don’t boil my cabbages twice
I takin’ my sack and my boots
I wanna beetroot
I want to watch me daddy pee
if you get there first, draw a chalk line; if I get there first, I’ll rub it out
if you’re up that way with your teeth
it’s only me Naymee!
it’s worse than the ticktolleroo
I’ll have the other half now
I’ve got my big eating hat on!
knock it on the head
let my son have the ball!
lie like a flatfish
listen to the silence!
little teapots have big spouts
lumpy ming fruit
makes your eyebrows sweat
move your lips!
no fun allowed
no use to man or dog
no, it’s just the way I’m breathing
pune or play on words
rabbit of negative euphoria
said Aunt Helga
shabby and miscellaneous
short arms, deep pockets
shot a bunny
shut up and give your arse a chance
slap it in the middle and we’ll all get a bit
slimy ming fruit
smells like coffee, looks like cocoa
so you do that
splash me boots!
Stirling Moss, chica/chico!
stumps (or call stumps)
thank you Mrs Lowsborough Goosborough
that man did smack me with a needle!
then on Friday… no, tell a lie, it was the Saturday
there’s a ghost, there’s a ghost, throw a flannel at it’s face!
there’s no show without Punch
they are curlews of the fenland!
three ha’p’orth of gawd help us
tight as a crab’s arse under water
time to put clothes on
tolerably early night
vacs up nice
what a fall of royalty!
what mind is here o’erthrown
where we have been, no-one can tell
who’s going round the roundabout?
who’s “she” – the cat’s mother?
wi’ oor knickers hangin’ doon
yam all right our kid?
yellow is mellow, but if it’s brown flush it down
you daft ha’p’orth!
you must give me the recipe
your tiny hand is frozen!
Nothing particularly strict, really. Just looking for words and phrases that are used more than never by Mark & Naomi and their relatives (personal insults and bad swears aside, of course: if you’re looking for terms like Fingers Forder or motherforker you won’t find them here, oh deary me no).
Terms in general usage don’t really belong, unless used with a particular twist. Regional expressions, on the other hand, are great – the weirder the better.
If you have one or two submissions, send them to Mark. If you have lots, let him know and he’ll set you up with an editor account.
If you are able to improve an existing entry, let Mark know.