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I just googled an old expression that i remember my grandfather used. One i really never hear anymore and I'm kinda glad. The expression was "you old battle ax" he used to say it to my Nana. I don't think i'd want anyone to call me a battle ax. One of the meanings for it is "an aggressive and bad tempered old woman". Anyone got any more old expressions?
 

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I just thought of another. Hubby said it the other day. "He's gonna have to treat that new engine rather gingerly". I looked at him like WTF? I asked him what he meant. He said, he'll have to drive the car very carefully, you know softly for a while. My response was. "well, ginger is a spice, a rather hot spice so why the heck did you say "gingerly"? He said, I dunno, my dad used to say it.
 

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I have heard both of those before.

I say some older sayings sometimes and my kids look at me like I have lost my mind :D

I have said "I will get to that shortly"
 

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To do something gingerly is to do it carefully, gently. I have always used that phrase.
adv. With great care or delicacy; cautiously.

adj. Cautious; careful.


I've also heard the phrase "old battle axe" many times, rarely used fondly but it could be, I guess.
 

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Heavy rain: A real Toad choker
 

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I've got two, my mother used to call my sisters & I these when we were kids:

mashugana: A person who is easily distracted. Someone who's a sucker, very gullible, and easy to control.

She also used to call as scootchagol or a scootchamen (sp?).
 

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there are so many that I remember from when I was little.

My grandfather used alot a few I can remember off the top of my head are:

He would always call us ankle biters --- young children
Everything ended in 'fair dinkum' --- true/genuine or real
Kangaroo's Loose in the Top Paddock - a person who was missing some intellect
 

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My Mom used "That must smart." and the vet techs looked at her like she was speaking a different language. Smart the verb means hurt, usually like a son of a gun.

It could be old or it could be British. Not sure with my mom.
 

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there are so many that I remember from when I was little.

My grandfather used alot a few I can remember off the top of my head are:


Kangaroo's Loose in the Top Paddock - a person who was missing some intellect
I've heard the other ones, but not this one. This one made me laugh.
 

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now you've got me giggling. Taking notes and planning on using some of these. Isn't the english language complex? LOL
 

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I have thought of some more... with the thanks of Dave hehe.

I was up with the sparrow farts this morning- I was awake really early this morning.
Flamin' galah!- noisy idiot
Stacks/heaps/ loads- lots of...
It's gone to the sh*t house- it is broken or been ruined
Mad as a cut snake- Furious
Good onya- Good for you (mostly used sarcastically)
Grouse- fantastic
She/he has been on with the leg of the chair- slept with everybody
I don't give a rats arse- I don't care
Eat the crotch of a low-flying duck - really hungry
Hit the Frog and Toad - hit the road/gotta get going
Rack off / Bugger off- Go away
Root- to havesex
Thongs- flip-flops, rubber sandals... we call our underwear - jocks (mens undies) and g-stings for the ladies
Ocker/Yobbo/ Feral/ Bogan- a person who is obnoxious, usually on welfare, loud and dresses poorly (like a bum)
What do you think this is, Bush week(as in outback)? - What you think you're doing??
Fart around- wasting time
Dole bludger - someone who is on welfare
Dag- A silly person or
Unco - someone/ something that is unco-ordinated
Youse- hey you all... not female sheep
 

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I love the "old sayings"!!!!
I still use - for a grumpy old man...."The old codger!"
Oh there are so many I love to use. I'll pop in and out today and post them.....fun!
 

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Kangaroo's Loose in the Top Paddock - a person who was missing some intellect
Or another 1 with the same meaning - A few sandwiches short of a picnic. :D

Esky = Aussiespeak for a cooler box.
 

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Better than a poke in the eye??? BWWWWAAAAAA think about it? what IS better than a poke in the eye? thats way too funny. Ya know, lets say a little kid falls off his bike and you say that expression to him? He's just got to bust out laughing huh?
 

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Here's one my dad used to say. Foreman walks up to them at work. Removes his hat to scratch his head. Someone says "whats wrong? a quart low today"? Foreman says "what do you mean"? response, "well ususally you are full of chit, that line on your forehead means you are a quart low" LOL
 

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My grandmother will say--"over yonder" and I will ask, "where is yonder?"
 

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mashugana: A person who is easily distracted. Someone who's a sucker, very gullible, and easy to control.
That's meshuggeneh. Yiddish for either a simpleton or, as an adjective, a really stupid idea or thought.

From our home - You can stand there 'til the cows come home; That really burns me up.
 

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From me Gran.
"No uncooked joints on the table" - keep your wrists and elbows off the table while eating.


There are so many sayings for stupid. These aren't from my Granny.

"One brick short of a load"
"The lights are on, but nobody's home"
"The wheel is spinning, but the hamster's dead"
 
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