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Carry on like a pork chop
The above expression was originally the politcially incorrect ” Carrying on like a jew with a pork chop in a synagogue” – m eaning
some-one was carrying on in an unduly agitated or unnecessary manner.
[ Peter Wotton ]
After reading the Fitz Files a couple of weeks ago about our folklore, I can remember one, (and I’m sure I’ll be able to remember some more at some time) sayings. Maybe you have already received them but it’s worth sending them so our culture can stay alive. My mother used to say that things could be ‘as slow as a wet week’. I knew what that meant the first time my kids were on holidays from school and we had rain for the entire time.
Was dining with my daughter last night when she reminded me of another saying that has been passed down over the years – that places can be busy – ‘like Pitt Street on a Friday afternoon‘. Now, I think it should be re-phrased to be ‘like Pitt Street Mall at any given lunch time“.
Another saying which comes to mind, which I’m not too sure is Aussie or not is ‘to win a motza“.
Is there going to be a book published?
[ Robin Roberts ]
These aren’t parochial enough to be Sydney lore. However my grandmothers(deceased) and auntie (84 and still kicking) would say:
“Black as the inside of a goat.” where there was no streetlighting or otherwise just very dark indeed.
“So far out they had to kill a man to start a cemetry“
It would be sad to lose these little gems. There aren’t many situations where they would apply.
My mother grew up in the depression and would play a game called “Sticks” whereby you would place several sticks an equal distance apart and each person would have a run-up and bound between the sticks. The distance between would then be increased for the next round, and so on, eliminating those who were unable to bound the distance until the last person was still in.
Hope your collection is published. Fair shake……
Read the piece in the Fitz files on Sunday and one of my personal favourites (heard where else but at the pub) was “It’s so windy it’d blow the sauce off a meat pie”
Good luck with your project
[ Tracey Russell ]
I don’t know if any of the following come under any category u r after but they may be of interest. My father who passed away a couple of years ago – he was in his 90’s – often said the following:
When something was said or if something I or my brothers did – that he considered WAS REALLY STUPID he would say: “If your brains were dynamite they wouldn’t part your hair“
“If your brains were made of elastic they wouldn’t make a pair of garters for a canary“.
And when my brothers or I had a ‘smart alec’ answer to anything my mother’s favorite saying was: “Well if that’s the case I think you should grease your bottom and slip into the next century as you are probably TOO GOOD for this one“
– this was delivered with a ‘clip’ over our ears.
Also as we got older and used WORDS that dad would never use, e.g. ‘conundrum’. Dad would say ” swallowed a dictionary have we?‘ and then he would repeat the following over and over adding “Randwick is racing, place yr bets – 6 to 4 conundrum“
Other sayings – probably not politically correct today:
“Camp as a row of tents“
“her acre is three axe handles wide“
The Berlei Bra being described as “an over the shoulder boulder holder“.
If you didn’t win at a sports carnival -“You couldn’t win a pie at Sargent’s picnic“
Skinny legs were described as – “his/her legs are as skinny as eleven pence scratched on a bucket“
When someone was/is sucking up to the boss “make sure u scratch yr initials on the soles of yr shoes“
When someone did something stupid – “He’s a brick short of a load” or “he’s a couple of slices short of a loaf“
[ Venetia Galvin ]