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.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† “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










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