A Civil World. Off-topic discussions on a variety of topics. > Trans-Atlantic Knowledge Exchange

Regional sayings

<< < (2/84) > >>

oz diva:
Danika we saying Praying to the porcelain god, but spewing is the most common, probably.

violinp:

--- Quote from: Sharnita on August 20, 2012, 09:55:44 PM ---
--- Quote from: camlan on August 20, 2012, 09:08:06 PM ---"She had a good innings" isn't used in the US, from what I can tell. I've sometimes heard, "He had a good long run," but I'm not sure how common that is.

What we do have is a variety of ways of saying that someone died, without actually using the word "die."

He passed
She passed on
She passed away
He was taken
She has breathed her last
He's gone to glory

Informal:
He kicked the bucket
She cashed in her chips
He bought the farm
She gave up the ghost

--- End quote ---

Also, among certain people "called home"

--- End quote ---

Gone home to Jesus
Fell asleep (in the arms of Jesus)
Pushing up daisies

Isometric:
My favourite Australian saying is "Not happy Jan" - to express mild annoyance/displeasure.

It originated from a TV ad a several years ago. (Yellow Pages, I think?)

Slartibartfast:
There's a great song by the Happy Schnopps Combo about regionalisms specific to the area of Wisconsin where I grew up:

I saw a man confused one day just wandering around
He said he needed help and that he was from outa town
He said "Sir I am thirsty and a beverage I do seek
But I do not understand the local language that you speak"

I says com'ere once...com'ere once...why don't you come by here
We'll have a hot tamale and a couple two tree beers      (<--- "hot tamales" = sloppy joes, and I tease my dad about "couple or two or three")
Or you can go dere by dat bubbler, but don't you budge in line   (<--- "bubbler" = drinking fountain, and "budge" = cut)
She's a nice day out, hey, an' so     (<--- the old guy who used to live next door to us said this ALL THE TIME.  Never did figure it out!)

The stranger said "I still don't grasp a word you people say
Are you from some foreign land or were you born this way?
It sounds a bit like English, and Polish and Chinese
So if you'd use sign language I'd appreciate it please"

I says com'ere once...com'ere once...why don't you come by here
We'll have a hot tamale and a couple two tree beers
Or you can go dere by dat bubbler, but don't you budge in line
She's a nice day out, ain' so

Com'ere once...com'ere once...for cry I come by here
We'll have a brat and kraut and den a couple two tree beers
Or you can go dere by dat bubbler, but don't you budge in line
She's a nice day out, ain' so
She's a nice day out, ain' so..oo..oo..oo..oo..oo.oo...

HEY ! !

oz diva:
I like Not Happy Jan, too and yes it was from Yellow Pages. A saying that has certainly outlived the campaign.

I don't actually know what sloppy joes are either.

Navigation

[0] Message Index

[#] Next page

[*] Previous page

Go to full version