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Thread #110453   Message #2486701
Posted By: Jim Dixon
06-Nov-08 - 12:41 PM
Thread Name: BS: Did your mum say this to you.....
Subject: RE: BS: Did your mum say this to you.....
"They are three pretty simpletons,—with the niminy-piminy airs of a fashionable boarding school;—there is silliness without simplicity;—and no two qualities can be more opposite."
—"The Diary of an Invalid: Being the Journal of a Tour in Pursuit of Health" by Henry Matthews, 1820.

"The main consolation the sufferer got was the frequent assurance that it was only the ague and nobody ever died from it."
—"Semi-centennial Celebration of Michigan State Agricultural College" by Thomas Charles Blaisdell, 1908.

"Your horse, my lord, was very backward in coming forward, he was behind before, but he's first at last."
—"The New Monthly Magazine, and Literary Journal" by W P Harrison, 1823.

"It was an Irish coroner who, when asked how he accounted for the extraordinary mortality in Limerick, replied, sadly, 'I cannot tell. There are people dying this year that never died before.'"
—"Notes and Queries", 1871.

"We'll put some hair on your chest before we get through with you."
—"The Whip Hand: A Tale of the Pine Country" by Samuel Merwin, 1903.

"WOOD IN THE HOLE. To put the wood in the hole (put t' wood i' t' hoil) is an expression often heard amongst knife-grinders as equivalent to 'shut the door.'"
—"A Glossary of Words Used in the Neighbourhood of Sheffield" by Sidney Oldall Addy, 1888.

"...whom one of them declared, She had suspected to be some low creature, from the beginning of their journey; and another affirmed, had not even the looks of a gentlewoman; a third warranted, She was no better than she should be;..."
—"The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and His Friend Mr Abraham Adams" by Henry Fielding, 1779.

"I'll tell you: I'm a poor man—it's a fact—and smell like a wet dog; but I can't be run over!"
—"The Cincinnati Miscellany, Or, Antiquities of the West, and Pioneer History" by Charles Cist, 1846.

"You feel a slight chill as you enter, but merely ascribing it to some one's having stepped on your grave, you shake it off...."
—"Medical Council", 1906.

"His old Salt Lake friend disgustedly replied: 'O, that's something that the cat dragged in.'"
—"Mines and Methods", 1911.

"When I arrived at Doncaster, yesterday morning, myself and Creeping Jesus had only one-and-sevenpence between us."
—"Some interesting Yorkshire scenes" by J. Tomlinson, 1865.

(Is anybody reading these?)