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MisterD-Di
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271 of 288  Wed 5th Oct 2016 11:37am  
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We lived in Courthouse Green until I was about 8 and there was a rear access wide enough (just) for cars. My father always called it a jetty and my mother referred to it as the entry. They were both from the same place and had lived in Coventry for many years. So I think you make your choice. I usually called it the entry. Not a big deal, really.
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Annewiggy
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272 of 288  Wed 5th Oct 2016 12:50pm  
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We called it the "entry" but I think when the houses were built, 1930's there was a hedge up the middle leading to the back door and the gardens of our house and the one the other side. Probably today it would be called a drive. The houses in the middle of the terrace also had entries but these were just a narrow passage, with part of a bedroom of one side house over the top which I think is called a flying freehold. My husband is from Tamworth and he calls them jetties!
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matchle55
Coventry
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273 of 288  Wed 5th Oct 2016 1:36pm  
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On 5th Oct 2016 9:20am, LesMac said: Please "Oblige me"
Thanks Les, now I know Thumbs up
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Malvern
Somerset
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274 of 288  Thu 12th Jan 2017 11:40am  
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On 5th Oct 2016 12:50pm, Annewiggy said: We called it the "entry" but I think when the houses were built, 1930's there was a hedge up the middle leading to the back door and the gardens of our house and the one the other side. Probably today it would be called a drive. The houses in the middle of the terrace also had entries but these were just a narrow passage, with part of a bedroom of one side house over the top which I think is called a flying freehold. My husband is from Tamworth and he calls them jetties!
I grew up in Wainbody Avenue North and the alleyways that ran between Wainbody, Grasmere and Woodside were known as "jetties". The access to the backs of the terrace houses (such as on Kenpas Highway) were called "entries". A few other phrases, which I'm not sure were just peculiar to our family or which are general Coventry idioms, were: I seen instead of I saw as in "I seen Bill the other day" When recounting a story the frequent use of "I says" as a filler. So a story could go something like this: "So I says to him, I says, and he says to me, he says..." Use of "me mother" or "me father" even when speaking to your own brother or other parent.
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Slim
Coventry a bit
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275 of 288  Thu 12th Jan 2017 12:34pm  
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A lot of "Coventry" phrases originated in Brum - my dad's family were Brummies, and I remember my nan, who lived in "Birningham" (an alternative pronunciation of old), saying things like "I seen Mrs Neenan in town. 'Er said her was a-goin' to buy some shoes." Then there's "Our Len said...", "our kid's come home" etc., usually referring to a sibling. An aunt from Coventry (Foleshill) used "our Keith" and similar. The use of the historic present in the third person, instead of the correct first person, is interesting: sometimes, for amusement, I have deliberately said, instead of "I went", "so I goes down the road...", causing the odd raised eyebrow. Got that turn of phrase off me mam, I did, and she was a Coventry kid.
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Derek Skelcher
Bristol
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276 of 288  Wed 24th May 2017 10:56pm  
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How about the use of "pumps" for plimsolls. Down here in Somerset they are known as "daps"
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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277 of 288  Thu 25th May 2017 7:19am  
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M'sen, was frit to death wen the bobby put is and on m' shoulder sed gotcha ya little varmit I wuz only tekin somat away muster. Where do you live? t'other side of the leckie You arpies kid? Yus such Then 'b' off
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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278 of 288  Thu 25th May 2017 4:24pm  
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On 24th May 2017 10:56pm, Derek Skelcher said: How about the use of "pumps" for plimsolls. Down here in Somerset they are known as "daps"
Hi Derek Wave They were always called pumps in Yorkshire (but not Lincolnshire) so I suspect the word may have migrated here with the influx of workers
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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279 of 288  Sat 15th Jul 2017 1:41pm  
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Telegraph having a look at "40 top words and phrases" - article Oh my PS. Don't shoot the messenger Wink
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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280 of 288  Sat 15th Jul 2017 4:00pm  
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'ow do m' dears, it's real glad oi be to see-ee These ole eyes a bin a-hungerin for a sight o ee 'tis slow oi move now, slower nor when ee see me las' 'ers a commin 'er be, a bit by hersen, er be 'er be growin old fast, 'er be, tis loike this ere but oi dunno.
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Oneputt
Tucson, Arizona
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281 of 288  Sat 15th Jul 2017 4:53pm  
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When my mother started using the word "gob smacked", I was surprised. I left Coventry at the start of the 80's and have been living overseas most of the time since then. My memory of the phrase "shut yer gob" is that it was said in contempt.
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pixrobin
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282 of 288  Sat 15th Jul 2017 9:28pm  
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Slim related "Then there's "Our Len said...", "our kid's come home" etc., usually referring to a sibling. An aunt from Coventry (Foleshill) used "our Keith" and similar." Yep, 'our kid' was my brother even in adulthood. Addressing my brother in adulthood it was always, 'Ow's our kid then' when asking him of his health. I was the younger of us two too.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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283 of 288  Sun 16th Jul 2017 7:40am  
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22 more from the Telegraph Roll eyes
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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284 of 288  Sun 16th Jul 2017 4:38pm  
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Malvern, I don't think I says to her and she says to me, was Coventry. I never heard that spoken until I was 15/16 years of age.
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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285 of 288  Sun 16th Jul 2017 6:45pm  
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Interesting list MR, as usual with these things I reckon at least half of them have nothing to do with Coventry Smile. I certainly remember them being used by my relatives in Yorkshire when I was still at school.
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