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I have unearthed a battered little booklet with short paragraphs on each page about our best loved or strange traditions and the like. Would any members be interested in me posting a few of the best ones.
Really interesting Stitcher. I love to find out where these commonly used phrases came from. People use them and don't generally question what they originally meant. I found that when my children were younger they'd ask why people used a certain phrase and I had no idea how to explain where it originated from. (Also think there was a problem with my Birmingham and Yorkshire ancestry mixed in there too - poor darlings!). Totally agree - more if you have any please! Viv.
Christopher Winn has wrote some books - a couple being 'I never knew that about London' and also 'I never knew that about England'. In the books apart from the facts 'I never knew that...' he also gives insights into some phrases and sayings.
Well Maypole Baz, I still say it that way - not perhaps all of the time, but I use it fairly often. People do comment sometimes, but I don't even know I am saying it. My granchildren think it is funny - at least they give me funny looks. I guess I do it because my mother did. I only say it when referring to time, not when I am counting or anything like that. I think I have a tendency to say twenty five past, but five and twenty to. Must get my husband to make a note!