- November 18, 2007 at 9:33 pm #176319
KelpieMemberMember since: November 26, 2006
Do any of you have those sudden eruptions of a word you haven’t heard for over half a century?
Today out of the blue came Flivver—must be 60 odd years ago I last heard that.
Did any of you have one in your family?November 18, 2007 at 11:20 pm #176321
orca47MemberMember since: November 15, 2007
Some of the words we used to use have quite a different meaning, do you remember the half dollar (2/6p), my old mate the panel beater said it would cost me two “spot” to fix the dent in the car, that had me worried it ended up meaning $200, mind you petrol at 3/3p a gallon and milk at 4p a pint delivered and butter at two bob (2/-) a pound wasn’t half bad, you can guess I am a baby boomer (1947), sometimes I will say things to the younger workers and then I remember I am using some old phrase from the past, the bewilderment on their faces wondering what this old bugger really means 🙂November 19, 2007 at 6:33 am #176323
I have always liked the word ‘Ritzy’-it somehow evokes glamour,cheekiness,and exuberant energy of people who are not necessarily rich(BB 1941)
Emelle.November 21, 2007 at 7:21 pm #176325
oldkiwikidMemberMember since: November 26, 2006
When I was a kid, butter was 2/-. Once I was given back 6d change as the shopkeeper mistook the 2/- for a half crown. Every time after that I carefully put the 2/- face up on the counter hoping it might happen again but it never did.
Flippertygibbet is another word that came to mind from long ago. I have a friend and I am sure my grandmother would have described her in that way.November 21, 2007 at 7:44 pm #176327
Gobbledygook.Starting from scratch.[scratch what]Higgeldepigalty
Hell its a wonder we learnt to spell correctly OKK[well thats debatable in my case]November 22, 2007 at 11:08 am #176329
A friend of mine running a small business made a piece of equipment from bits and pieces as he was unable to buy what he wanted. When he showed his staff how it worked he said “It’s a bit ‘Heath Robinson’ but it will do the job” most of the staff wanted to know who ‘Heath Robinson’ was!
At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South TaranakiNovember 22, 2007 at 1:43 pm #176331
Me tooo?????November 22, 2007 at 3:36 pm #176333
Heath Robinson = something "gerry built" or home built, rough and ready that does the job ok.
Here’s another one "Mickey Duck" means any comic book in the Navy. A take off of the names Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck.
At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South TaranakiNovember 22, 2007 at 3:39 pm #176335
Aha-yes-but WHO was’Heath Robinson ?
I remember that Mickey Doolans were Catholics.
EmelleNovember 22, 2007 at 4:36 pm #176337
A non existent person to the best of my knowledge, it is a term my grand farther used so it has been around for a while.
At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South TaranakiNovember 22, 2007 at 6:35 pm #176339
My Grandfathers favourite saying was blarney.He used it as a replacement for a swear word.Like the Blarney Government is going to the dogs,Julia[my Grandmother]That was years and years ago,and that statement STILL applies.November 22, 2007 at 7:08 pm #176341
ChinadollMemberMember since: July 19, 2006
Heath Robinson was a real person. I am pretty sure that he came from Britain.He put out a book full of amazing wonderful machines
They were drawings only, but a real joy to look at. I remember getting the book from thye library in the 60s.
China DollNovember 22, 2007 at 8:35 pm #176343
Welcome China Doll, and thank you for the information. As I said it was a saying I had heard around for years and years but I didn’t know if it was a person or not.
At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South TaranakiNovember 23, 2007 at 6:25 pm #176345
Hi China doll and welcome to the discussions.
Ramona, blarney is Irish for lying.
An old Irish saying is “he kissed the blarney stone this morning”, meaning he was telling lies. So I guess the blarney government meant the ‘lying government’November 23, 2007 at 8:04 pm #176347
AAh so that was the meaning to that statement,He jolly well meant it too.Thanks Bobbity.November 24, 2007 at 12:48 am #176349
You’re welcome ramona.!November 24, 2007 at 6:21 am #176351
I once heard a famous Irish singer visiting NZ explain the difference between Blarney and Baloney:he said"If you tell a beautiful woman she is beautiful,that’s Blarney,and if you tell an ugly woman she is beautiful,that’s Baloney" I take it that Blarney is a gushing,superlative way of talking-a sort of ‘gift of the gab’
Emelle.November 28, 2007 at 1:47 am #176353
Thats interesting Emelle..I wish I could speak these languages to have an understanding.
i’m wondering now about the true meaning.
PS so i looked it up and it seems it is a form of ‘deceit’
Blarney is celebrated the world over for a stone on the parapet that is said to endow whoever kisses it with the eternal gift of eloquence (in Irish ‘solabharthact’) – the ‘Gift of the Gab’. The origin of this custom is unknown, though the word “blarney”, meaning to placate with soft talk or to deceive without offending, probably derives from the stream of unfulfilled promises of Cormac MacDermot MacCarthy to the Lord President of Munster in the late sixteenth century. Having seemingly agreed to deliver his castle to the Crown, he continuously delayed doing so with soft words, which came to be known as “Blarney talk”.November 28, 2007 at 9:00 am #176355
Thank you again Bobbity,the origination of this word amazes me.Is there anyother words that anyone has,that needs to know their origins to.This is another way of educating my underfed brain as well.November 29, 2007 at 12:21 am #176357
do you know how surnames came about Ramona?
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