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sally watson
coventry
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1 of 67  Sat 4th Aug 2012 10:53pm  
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Never go out with dirty underwear, you might get run over! Don't pull a face, if the wind changes you'll stick like it! Never ever sit on cold floors or you'll get piles! Just to add, I never knew what piles were, then again I was only about 5 yrs old at the time. I'm sure there are many more pearls of wisdom out there (lol) what's yours?
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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2 of 67  Sun 5th Aug 2012 3:51am  
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Hello Sally. The only one I can remember, other than yours, is "It's not the cough that carries you off, it's the coffin they carry you off in". Always said if anyone had a cold. Not a nice one but I heard it often. Have a good day Wave Happy
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JohnnieWalker
Canberra, Australia
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3 of 67  Sun 5th Aug 2012 7:30am  
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Nice new topic! The underwear and the wind change sayings definitely ring a bell with me too. My grandfather used to tell me "If ever tha does owt for nowt, do it for thysen!" which I suspect was a Yorkshire expression (If ever you do anything for nothing, do it for yourself). Over here in Australia it is a great test of (real) English comprehension, which most Aussies fail until it is explained to them. He also introduced me to the "Yorkshire toast" (that's what he called it anyway): "Here's to you, and here's to me; Let's hope we never disagree. But just in case we ever do, here's to me, and to hell with you!".
True Blue Coventry Kid

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Vtopian
Hertfordshire
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4 of 67  Sun 5th Aug 2012 7:34am  
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The full version of this (supposedly) Yorkshire saying goes: Hear all, see all, say nowt Eat all, sup all, pay nowt And if ever thou does owt for nowt
ManFromVtopia

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sally watson
coventry
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5 of 67  Sun 5th Aug 2012 10:30am  
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Here's another that springs to mind. Always eat the crusts on bread and you'll have curly hair. I ended up with a slight kink in my hair! Perhaps I never ate enough crusts!
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Beesman
Cornwall
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6 of 67  Sun 5th Aug 2012 8:37pm  
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'If you eat too many sweets, you'll get worms!' is the one I always remember. Big grin
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Elaine
Coventry
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7 of 67  Sun 5th Aug 2012 9:11pm  
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On 5th Aug 2012 10:30am, sally watson said: ....eat the crusts on bread and you'll have curly hair.
oops I think that I ate too many crusts - darn curly hair Oh my
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artful
lancashire
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8 of 67  Mon 6th Aug 2012 7:20pm  
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Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. So true.
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JayC
Coventry
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9 of 67  Mon 6th Aug 2012 8:27pm  
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If you fall out of that tree and break both your legs, don't come running to me!
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Radford kid
Coventry
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10 of 67  Tue 7th Aug 2012 8:03am  
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Smile, I'll make you smile on the other side of your face. Take that smile off your face or I will wipe it off for you.
Colin Walton

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LesMac
Coventry
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11 of 67  Tue 7th Aug 2012 9:55am  
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Don't swallow orange pips. They will grow inside you. Les
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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12 of 67  Tue 7th Aug 2012 11:41am  
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It was either plum stones or cherry stones in my day, LesMac, and If I swallowed chewing gum - I was known to ONCE - then I was told it would bung up my works!!!!!! and I remember thinking about that! Oh my
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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13 of 67  Tue 7th Aug 2012 2:38pm  
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I remember being told that if you swallowed chewing gum, it would wrap itself around your heart and kill you. Our elders seemed to have a somewhat limited knowledge of human anatomy. Lol
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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14 of 67  Wed 8th Aug 2012 8:04am  
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Hi all Wave Coventry's population growth was very high in the first half of last century, many people coming from other parts of the UK. They brought their own phrases & sayings. I grew up with, 'Always check your bubble', 'I'm weak from lack of nourishment' & 'That's gone for a burton'. Big grin
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sally watson
coventry
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15 of 67  Wed 8th Aug 2012 8:58am  
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I was also told to shut the door, was you born in a barn! Love the replies to this topic, they bring back so many memories.
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