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Postby donegaldan » Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:46 pm

it may not be a bootle saying, but my old fella used to say it to us kids

I,ll put welts in yer botty like tracks in a tyre (he did sometimes as well)

ya who-ers melt

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Postby Glenys » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:04 pm

My late Dad, used to say to me " I was his best girl in 40 streets".
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Postby sheelagh youssef » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:30 pm

I don,t know if its Irish or Bootle but my Mam would send us the butchers for a nice piece of shell bone (beef joint) and a pound of roded bacon (unsmoked) middle cut.
If anyone upset my Mam she would say "God stiffen them" I never realized till I was about forty what it really meant but its good isn,t it.....Sheelagh
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Postby emma » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:58 am

marielou wrote:Dont do that yer mother will ave a canary fit.
As thick as 2 short planks of wood.


In our house it was "as thick as a dockers sandwich"!
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Postby mckeown » Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:35 pm

i've got segs on my eyes from looking for you/it

it'll be like a pigs foot in the morning.

tight as a camels botty in a sand storm.

we used to get called(although i don't know why??)
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Postby Pamsy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:56 pm


I never knew where that originated or if he just made it up...anyone on here ever heard that before? I was hoping to put it on his headstone but so far I haven't ha ha
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Postby IanA » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:52 pm

When asked to do something - "I can't, I've got a bone in me arm."
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Postby Marie777 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:42 pm

What about this one:

I had a hat when I came in.
And I hung it on the rack.
And I'll have a hat when I go out
Or I'll break somebody's back

I'm a decent man, I am I am.
And I don't want to shout.
But I had a hat when I came in.
And I'll have a hat when I go out.

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Postby paulaking » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:52 pm

If the words far-fetched were mentioned, my mum used to say, "like a bucket of **** from China" and there's another one she used to say but I could get into big trouble for bringing that one up!!
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Postby vicbee » Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:36 am

I have mentioned before that I never once heard my mum swear. If she dropped anything she would always say ' shine a light!!'. When my daughter was very young we went to visit my mum, she went upstairs and was there for quite a while, my daughter shouted up the stairs ' nan, you've been a long time up there, are you having a shine a light'!!!!

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Postby JY19819 » Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:05 pm

you,ll laugh on the other side of your face mi lad
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:08 pm

I once asked someone how they had developed a limp and he said

"I fell over a straw and a hen kicked me".
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Postby jean andrew » Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:12 pm

Though not from bootle but liverpool, the sayings are the same and my dads was always when asked whats that? a whimwam for winding up the sun.We neverdid find out what it was.Can anyone help.

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Postby PETER CRAIG » Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:28 pm

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Postby Jan » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:38 pm



I have had a great laugh reading all these.

I had a book some years ago called Lern Yerself Scouse, I don't know what happened to it, but I think it is still available.

I like the one my dad used to say when cats were fighting in the back entry, oooh listen them jigger rabbits scrappin.

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Postby Scully » Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:26 pm

When we asked our mam what was for tea she'd say, 'Bread & ifit' When we asked what 'ifit' was she'd reply, 'If it goes round you'll get some'.
I remember some of the sayings mentioned here & one of my mam's rude ones for someone not very attractive was, 'As ugly as a basketful of ar*eholes' For someone with a big backside she'd say they had an ar*e like a Bombay Moneylender.
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Postby barbarajackson » Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:48 pm

I' often heard someone referred to as tatty lashes, and when asked where they were going, the answer was, There and back to see how far it is. When looking at a childs navel they always said, "Lets see your belly where the pig bit you" Barbara
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:02 pm

Hi Jan.

There is a book called 'Talk Like the Scousers' on at £8.99 - Might that be the one you mean.???
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Postby Marie777 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:16 pm

Aunty Mary has passed away and they are all there to pay their last respects. It's 10.30pm and one by one they are beginning to go home. Paddy has been to the top of the street to phone for a taxi and comes back all flustered "I can't get a Taxi" says Paddy "Oh hell " says Coogy "If I'd of known that you needed a taxi I'd of had a couple more glasses of whites and you could have gone home on my Pink Elephant" That is a true story.
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Postby matt wethered » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:25 pm

Hi Ernie,the book Jan is talking about is by Fritz Speigal and it was Jan that helped me get a copy of it a long time ago.It is published by scouse press and is very hard to find.Sheila found my copy in a small bookstore in West Kirby thanks to Jan's magic tool bar.
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Postby Jan » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:32 pm


I think the book might be available to order from news from nowhere bookshop in Bold Street.

or I found this,

Also available on Amazon hehehe.

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Postby daveowe » Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:35 am

Hi All

Lern yerself Scouse is in 3 parts it is now widely available, as stated News from nowhere, The 08 Shop, Whitechapel, Radio Merseyside shop, Maritime Museum also the World Museum, William Brown St, there is now an extensive selection of Merseybeat books also on sale at the museum to coincide with 'The Beat goes on' exhibition, well worth a visit.

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Postby vickinca » Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:20 pm

what's for dinner mom's answer would be "Pigs Belly and acid drops"
smile it makes people wonder what you have been up to!
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Postby Eddy Lloyd » Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:43 pm

If wit was sh** you'd be constipated :D
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Postby peter davenport » Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:37 pm

When talking about someone with a hearty appetite my dad used to say:
'he'd eat his way through a jigger of sh..' or, 'he'd eat a baby's botty through a cane bottom chair'.
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Postby daveowe » Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:08 pm

Some more uncomplimentary ones

Has a face like a bag of spanners.
Face the colour of playing duckapple in the chip pan fat.
Cute as a bag of weasels.
After you shake his hand remember to count your fingers!
So bandy legged couldn't stop a pig in a jigger.
He has worked more Sundays than a parish priest.

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Postby diyman » Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:19 pm

red botty will get yer if yer go the semogs = cemertary

Postby diyman » Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:20 pm

wers the cat, i need t sharpen a pencil

Postby Fellwalker » Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:00 pm

Whenever she was asked where she came from she always replied 'Bootle where the bugs wear clogs' !! with pride!!!! , if us kids ever asked her what colour something was she would always reply 'sky blue pink with a finny adder border', and she always called the cupboard under the stairs the cooey not the cubby, whenever I call it this people not from Bootle don't know what I'm talking about!!


I grew up in Aintree not a million miles from Bootle & we used these expressions too only we said finny addie--lots more that I don't hear now a days
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Postby ron waters » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:54 pm

VIC I will always remember the day you joined this freindly site , on my birthday , I know you will enjoy yourself on here , so WELCOME , tell me where in the Lake District do you live ??
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Postby arthur » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:59 pm

:lol: :lol: When we asked mom where's Tom or Meg she always replyed. Thay gone the shore to buy a LOAF. Arthur Oregon City Oregon U.S.A.Good memories.
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Postby Fellwalker » Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:22 am

To the ? "where are you going?" my mother used to say "There & back to see how far it is"!
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Postby Fellwalker » Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:23 am

Ron--I;m in the "Gateway to the Lakes"--kendal. Do you know the area?
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Postby ron waters » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:20 am

VIC You live in a beautifull area , I have sent you a pm .
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Postby paula j » Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:28 pm

i remember these sayings im new to this site i lived in collins street off knowsley road went to st jimmys me mam and dad worked in jimmy cartons bookies on marsh lane only found this site other day made me laugh
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