Learning new words

Now I am Gosport born and bred and I seem to use a whole host of words/ phrases/ expressions that my partner has never heard of, so I thought I would collect them up and create a blog post so that other people may learn them or share in the shock and astonishment that someone has never heard that before ūüôā

  1. To Daub –
    carelessly coat or smear (a surface) with a thick or sticky substance.
    “the walls were daubed with splashes of paint”
  2. Slap dash-
    done too hurriedly and carelessly.
    “he gave a slapdash performance”
  3. Tail-end Charlie-
    a person or thing that brings up the rear in a group or formation.
    a member of the crew of a military aircraft who operates a gun from a compartment  at the rear.
  4. ¬†“Hard Cheese” –¬†¬†A common saying in response to someone’s complaining about something is, “hard cheese”. This basically means, “tough luck”.5. “Turn on a sixpence”

6. Glory hole –¬†An untidy room or cupboard used for storage

7. 2-6 lift –¬† “2 6 heave” comes from the old warships with cannons. At a certain point ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† in the drill, crew numbers 2 and 6 had to haul on the tackle to move the cannon ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† carriage ready for firing.

8. Snakes wedding – (the snakes have tied the knot hence wedding)

a. Behind the TV where all the leads have become a tangled mess.
b. The drawer in everybody’s house that is filled with tangled up old computer/phone ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†cables and leads that no-one uses anymore.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† “I need to unplug the Wii but it’s like a Snake’s Wedding behind here!”
¬† ¬† 9. Squinny –¬†person who moans and whinges a lot

    10. Bimble РWalk or travel at a leisurely pace.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ‚Äėon Sunday we bimbled around Spitalfields and Brick Lane‚Äô
¬† ¬† 11. Who’s she, the cats mother? –
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† If you are talking to person A, and refer to person B as ‘she’ rather than using her ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† name ¬†while she is within earshot, person B will often say ‘Who’s she? That cat’s ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† mother?’ ¬†meaning that it is impolite to refer to a woman as ‘she’ in her ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† presence.
¬† ¬† 12. Lairy –¬†Displaying an aggressive attitude in order to provoke a fight, argument or any ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†verbal or physical confrontation.

    13. Dob Р inform against someone, tell on someone.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† “Helen dobbed me in to Mum”
14. ‘erbert (herbert) –¬†‚Äôerbert n British
A foolish person, a cheeky, unwashed child. For many years, in London working-class slang,Herbert or ‚ÄôErbert was used to refer to any otherwise unnamed man or boy. Gradually, probably by being used in phrases such as ‚Äėsilly ‚Äôerbert‚Äô, it came to have the more pejorative sense. There probably never was an eponymous Herbert; it was merely a common working-class name from the Edwardian era.
“Come here you silly little ‘erbert” term of inderment


six of one and half a dozen of the other

16. Conflab Рconversation, talking about stuff, discussion
17. kibosh – Putting the kibosh on it –¬†to finish something off, put an end to it, decisively dispose of it, or reject it.
18. Harry Freemans – A freebie, got it for free, a gift
There was a slang habit, said by¬†Ayto and Crofton (2009)¬†to have “evolved from upper-class forces slang in the Second World War”, current in undergraduate circles at Oxford University in the 1930s and in the¬†Royal Navy¬†thereafter, of forming an¬†intensifier¬†from¬†adjectives, and, less often,¬†nouns, by adding the¬†suffix¬†-ers¬†to the word, and prefacing it with the meaningless¬†Harry. To be “Harry starkers¬†was to be ‘stark [completely] naked’;¬†Harry flakers, ‘flaked out [~ very tired]’ and¬†Harry flatters¬†for a dead calm [flat] sea were to be heard at sea.¬†Harry Freeman, or¬†Harry free-ers, was a gift

19.¬†Flash Harry –¬†a loudly (ostentatiously) dressed man with questionable ethics and usually living on earnings that may not be legally acquired. (The¬†flash¬†in this colloquial expression is the¬†adjective¬†used in this connection since the late eighteenth century to mean ‘dashing’, showy’, ‘ostentatious’; which ‘Harry’ is meant is not clear.

20.¬†“To catch a crab” – The generally accepted name for the mishap in rowing when an (inexperienced) oarsman misses the water with the blade of his oar and so, usually, falls backwards off his thwart.

21. Dodge –¬†“To Dodge Pompey” An old naval expression meaning to evade doing a job of work.

22.¬†fresh¬†out¬†of –¬†informal¬†having¬†just¬†run¬†out¬†of¬†supplies¬†of

‘Sorry madam, we’re fresh out of eggs’

23. Gannet – Greedy

24. Loafing – hanging about doing nothing

25. Skylarking – messy about, bing silly, not doing what you are meant to be doing

26. Turn in – go to bed. “No, I think i’m gonna turn in for the night”

27. Duffed up Рto play fight, beaten up, to demolish, destroy , beat down, kill, or win against an opponent.

“I used to get duffed up by my brother all the time”

28. To be up the duff – To be pregnant

29.¬†¬†copped¬†– someone losing their temper, or getting punched, shot, hit “He copped one he did”

30. As you like –¬†¬†as in “my arm was as sore as you like” or “he just looked at me, cool as you like, and said…”

31. Loon – someone acting the fool, being silly, getting themselves in a muddle “come ere you loon” (I guess a shortening of lunatic)

I just love this expression not one I have ever heard used but I love it :

“Canteen Medals” Naval name for stains down the front of jumper, jacket or coat caused by food or drink.









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