The phrase in the title is one of Anne’s Irish mother’s more unusual phrases. We are trying to compile a list of them to store up in the family records.
Ones like ‘wet behind the ears’ and ‘it is enough to make one spit’ are phrases that our mothers had in common.
These days, all the fun and imagination has gone out of our language because of our higher tolerance of swearwords. Our mothers might have had a few of those as well, but mostly, we think, they regurgitated phrases from the definitely-no-swearing Victorian era.
So we are wondering what phrases you might recall from your forebears that we could compile as a kind of coaching system for our more crass generation.
Hit reply and help us out here!
To start the ball rolling just in case ‘Not as green as I am a cabbage’ didn’t send you into old-time phrase ecstasy, here are a few I remember hearing from a grand old chap I knew some time back… “stone the crows” and “stiffen the rats.”