In the 1980s there was a series of radio ads for a money management firm that we loved. They were done by Peter Ustinov.
for those who don't know him, Mr. Ustinov was a character actor with a perfect command of accents.
In these ads he was literally talking to himself and changing accents as he went along.
Our favorite was one that involved Sir Rodney. Sir Rodney was an upper-class twit with lots of money, no brains and a very plummy manner of speech. He was at a dog show and was being introduced to a dog with very long, thick coat.
'Make friends with him, Sir Rodney. Offer him a biscuit'.
'I'm trying to do that but it seems he doesn't want to take it'.
'Try the other end, Sir Rodney'.
That has become a catch-phrase in our household. When someone does something like pushing a door when the door needs to be pulled, 'Try the other end, Sir Rodney' is our locution of choice.