As a generic greeting, it's usually a (alightly mumbled) "awright?*" If someone spelt out the whole phrase, I'd understand it as indicating I was looking unwell or unhappy.
It was usually enunciated to me, because after the initial "awright?" I generally responded with, "Pardon?". I eventually figured out that it was just good old "how are you" and that a full report on my well- or ill-being was not expected.
Funny skit. Thank goodness I don't have to transcribe it!
Say 'ayup, orryte' to Cheery. What will she reply? Maybe, 'Am orryte'? Or maybe, 'middlin'?
Here! I'm not from Brum you know!...I may reply 'fair to middlin' but around here the correct reply to 'awrite?' Is simply 'awrite' back. More often people greet each other with 'hiya'(pronounced 'eye-er')
Jeff is a southerner (Bedfordshire) and he's more likely to greet someone with 'Wotcha'
Post by cheerypeabrain on Aug 28, 2020 20:39:50 GMT
Couldn't help it. At least he moved to Leicester with me
We had an Irish neighbour called Lettie when I was a little girl...she used to come out with all sorts of sayings..the ones I remember are
"Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs"
"Well cut off my legs and call me shorty"
I think it was instead of swearing, a sort of verbal scribble but they came tumbling out of her mouth when she was gossiping with my Mother or the other housewives on the street...all formidable women.
Kerouac, I would agree with you, but you're such a crab pot about it.
This was written on another forum, and I had never encountered this expression before. The subject was finding a restaurant for a midnight birthday celebration at the Eiffel Tower. Someone had suggested the places around Trocadéro and I had disagreed, saying it was not a "midnight sort of place particularly in December" which is when this event was scheduled to take place.
The internet defines "crab-pot" in an unsuspected way.
Crab pots are men or women with counterfeit emotional attachment. These men or women bait, lure, and catch sexual partners for ego boosts or recreational use. With no intention to care about them but use them repededly by giving false hope, hence they are stuck in a crabpot.
The female equivalent of tea bagging. Also described as face-squatting. The act of putting ones vagina onto another's body parts, with or without their knowledge.
The strong oudour emmited from a vagina, which is unhealthy, which can be detected from a distance
I’ve never heard the expression. Could the person have equated the phrase with the word "curmudgeon," as in someone who’s crabby, grouchy, grumpy? My mother often referred to us children as "grouch pots" if we were having a grumpy day.
A crab pot is a trap for catching crab, usually two iron rings, a one-way entrance and some netting. Fish heads/guts are traditional bait but I always had better luck with rotten canned dog food. I'm quite sure you were just being called "crabby" in a colorful Yankee way.
The mods at the other site must have looked up "crab-pot" like I did because the post has been deleted as "inappropriate." Of course a lot of people seem to think that criticising any post by the great kerouac2 is inappropriate. Jeez, what is the world coming to? I spout so much crap that I am never surprised when a site deletes me.
A very common expression that I don't understand is "walking on eggshells" used in the context of having to be nervously cautious around another person. An example would be, "He acts like everyone is out to get him, so I always feel I have to walk on eggshells around him."
Maybe I am wrong, but I always thought that the correct expression was "walking on eggs". That implies that there is something at stake, i.e., you wouldn't want to step on an egg wrong and break it. But who would care about breaking an eggshell, something which is already broken and meant to be discarded?
I bring this up because it seems as though the "walking on eggshells" version of this expression is now universal -- wrong, but universal.
I have only known the "Walking on eggshells" as a description of not saying or doing anything to upset a certain member of. lets say , a family member or office worker, and such-like. In other words, tip toeing around them being very cautious.
I think that this is pure creative metaphor, not an action in real life. Everyone knows how delicate egg shells are so it was an image presented by the speaker to describe the fragility of the other person.
e.g."Mother had a big fight with her neighbour, he was picking her flowers. She came across the lawn all guns blazing and chased him out of here."
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