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Me Dads old sayings

Discussion in 'Brummie Sayings & Language,' started by Bernard67Arnold, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Bernard67Arnold

    Bernard67Arnold master brummie

    I remember years ago whenever my Dad saw a woman in a red hat he used to say "Ha !!Red hat
    no drawers", it was ages before I understood it, Bernard
     
  2. Aidan

    Aidan master brummie

    If the smileys were turned on for this thread Bernard I would be posting a shocked one.

    Red hat, no drawers (or fur coat and no knickers) refers to prostitutes as prostitution was illegal they would wear a red hat so punters would recognise them. I believe it stems from c1920s but is there an earlier citation?
     
  3. Jayessa

    Jayessa Guest

    Haha! I remember my grandad saying that a lot when I was a kid, I took it quite literally at the time and always wondered why the elderly lady a few doors down, or indeed any other red hatted lady, was without her underwear.
     
  4. Aidan

    Aidan master brummie

    That's funny thanks Jayessa & welcome to the Forum. One wonders if there were any more serious misunderstandings as Red Hats (and/or fur coats) were surely fairly common?
     
  5. dek carr

    dek carr master brummie

    One of the sayings I remember was" They are all kippers and white lace curtains " Dek
     
  6. Aidan

    Aidan master brummie

    Hi Dek - Was it "Lace curtains and kippers for tea" - Someone who is all show?
     
  7. When I moved to Harborne 60s it was known as all" kippers and curtains" it took me a little while to find out what it meant
     
  8. Alexander Francis Smith

    Alexander Francis Smith knowlegable brummie

    not sure but did it mean people who were well off ?,
     
  9. It meant people who liked to look well off, "ie posh curtains" but lived very cheaply "ie kippers,
    I couldn't even afford the posh curtains,lol
     
  10. JohnO

    JohnO master brummie


    I think the 'fur coat and no knickers' refers to social pretension rather than to the 'red hat' scenario ... aligned to 'all kippers and curtains' etc. Now, where did I leave my red cap...
     
  11. Aidan

    Aidan master brummie

    I think you may be right there JohnO. But where did Collars & Cuffs come in? That's one I've never understood the origin of.
     
  12. sandracoley

    sandracoley master brummie

    if we had played him up my dad used to say draw your horns in or ill do it for ya ......
     
  13. Bernard67Arnold

    Bernard67Arnold master brummie

    Another one of his saying, "The best way to kill time is to work it to death, Bernard
     
  14. christopher short

    christopher short Birmingham Post

    Two of my Dad's favourites :-
    When a coin was tossed he would call "What a cat's got". Naturally they assumed the call was tails....... But a cat has a head too.

    When he thought someone was telling a lie he would say, "You must think that I came up on the down train"
     
  15. dib44

    dib44 Proud Brummie

    Two of my dads favourites,

    "Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire" time for bed, but one I never understood myself was,

    If he saw a lady with her petticoat showing he would say "Charlie's Dead"
     
  16. Bernard67Arnold

    Bernard67Arnold master brummie

    If one of us answered him back he would say "Youve got too much of what a cat licks his A***E with,
    Bernard
     
  17. dereklcg

    dereklcg master brummie

    MY DAD WAS A BUTCHER BY TRADE,
    THEY USED TO SPEAK WHAT WAS CALLED BUTCHERS BACK-SLANG,
    IF THEY,D GET SOME OLD DEAR UM-IN AND R-IN,THEY WOULD USE IT.
    WOC GIP AND SOME TIMES STRONGER..HAPPY DAYS DON,T KNOW IF THE STILL USE IT.
    dereklcg
     
  18. Wendy

    Wendy Guest

    Deck my Mom's family were butchers and my uncles would talk in back slang a lot so I learnt quite a bit. I went to a local butchers when we first moved to Tamworth and they said something in back slang not rude but about me. I answered them in back slang and there faces were priceless! You don't hear it much now although I have heard it down the meat market.

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  19. G G Jean

    G G Jean Brummy Wench.

    Thanks Dek and Wendy for the photo's. My dad used to say about the height of a woman "her legs go right up to her bum". Well not quite that it began with A..
     
  20. Wendy

    Wendy Guest

    Ha Ha Jean my Dad used to say that too!
     

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