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maypolebaz

master brummie
The other day my Mother said "I'll squatty veeny over here then".
I think it means to keep out of the way and I've never heard it said outside Brum.
I'm reminded of my late Dad. When we were kids he'd shout abuse at the radio when the news was on. One of his favourites, reserved for criminals was "Give 'em a good Tankin' "(got to be one from WW1, that). Another was "Ar? Goo an' tell the Marines".
No wonder I grew up bewildered !
 

brenda barr

master brummie
The other day my Mother said "I'll squatty veeny over here then".
I think it means to keep out of the way and I've never heard it said outside Brum.
I'm reminded of my late Dad. When we were kids he'd shout abuse at the radio when the news was on. One of his favourites, reserved for criminals was "Give 'em a good Tankin' "(got to be one from WW1, that). Another was "Ar? Goo an' tell the Marines".
No wonder I grew up bewildered !
l remember my mother saying "he needs a good tanking", referring to anyone who needed a good hiding ..same thing...Brenda
 

maypolebaz

master brummie
Bless you Brenda !
I have NEVER encountered anyone, anywhere, who has heard that saying.
(My Dad was from Winson Green).
 

Nico

master brummie
I wonder who Simon and O'Grady were?
I just remembered an old skipping rhyme well a bit of it. I never liked it. To London Bridge is Falling Down.
Now he's only got one eye
got one eye, got one eye,
Now he's only got one eye
Four blind fathers
 

Nico

master brummie
count me in as well...our mom and dad used to say he/she needs a good tanking

lyn
You will tell me off but how I was shouted at was you need a good axxx tankin'.
I never got one though!
Or a good leatherin or latherin
But crying was bletherin
 

maypolebaz

master brummie
Like Dunlaoghaire?

I just thought of song we sang at school. Lilly Bolero Bullen Allar what ever that meant.!
We had to sing that song at school too Nico, seems it dates to the Civil War.
Have a look on Google, it seems it's of Irish origin.
 

Bryn Meurig

knowlegable brummie
When asking my Mom (What have we got to eat), she would say !! SOME OF THAT TILL THE OTHERS DONE!!
I posted this on another thread a few days ago, but I think it's more appropriate here :
When asked what was for dinner, my Mum frequently replied "Chump handles and chair knobs!". I've never heard it used by anyone else. She had a mother (of Irish descent) from Hockley and a father from Lye, in the Black Country.

Meanwhile, my Grandfather would often send me with a jug and money to "The Outdoor". Everywhere else I've lived, other than Birmingham, it is known as the "Off Licence" or "Off Sales".

The same grandfather always mended his own boots and called it "Doin' a bit of snobbin'.
 

jimbo

master brummie
Does anyone have any idea where the saying "on the treacle stick" comes from. I think it is something to do with being a scrounger.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Glad you found the link of interest Jimbo. I never heard that expression but I can tell you where some treacle mines, near Torquay, are. :D
 

Clairebear24

proper brummie kid
Today, I used the expression that I had blood "like fish'n'chip shop vinegar" (meaning like weak vinegar - I'm always cold)- no-one had ever heard it (!?). I am sure I didn't make it up ....anyone?
 

maypolebaz

master brummie
My dad used to say that, I’ve never heard anyone else say it.
If I did something clumsy he’d call me “a big footed amoo”, what’s one of them?
I've never heard of that expression but it sounds like something the Indian Army would have said and later would've been used in WW1.
 
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