What a corker! Bring back old British sayings!


Here’s an idea… I was chatting to Barry Ort, our lovely guest from Kenneth Jay Jewellery, who was on the Morning Show last week and we think we should bring back some of those quaint sayings we used to hear in the black and white films. You know the sort of thing – Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogart or Jack Hawkins as young men saying thinks like: “I say, that’s a capital idea!"

We’re a bit bored with everyone saying 'Yo!' or 'Cool' or 'Yeah!' So, we think we should start a campaign to bring back the great British turn of phrase. Here’s a few I like:

 - 'What ho chaps!' Much better than 'Hi guys' 
 - 'Smashing!' Sounds so much nicer than 'great'
 - 'Lashings of ginger beer' á la Famous Five
 - 'I say…..' – isn’t this better than 'eh!' 
 - 'I’d like a pint of bitter my good man' but be careful with this one if it’s a rough bar!
 - Instead of saying 'wow' you could always try: 'Goodness gracious me!'

I think the English language was richer for all these 'old fashioned' colloquialisms but I'm sure to have forgotten a few belters. Have you got any favourites? Do let me know.

Toodle pip,

Simon x


  1. Kitty July 25, 2009 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    Golly gosh – I say, old chap what an absolutely spiffing idea this really is ;) . It’s A1 and first rate. I’d like to say that I was shipe shape and Bristol fashion when it comes to thinking up things like this, but it looks like I’m just not tickety-boo right now.
    I shall have to get my thinking cap on and come up with something better, because anything else just isn’t tennis…
    Cheerio for now and wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
    Love from
    Kitty xx

  2. Marg July 26, 2009 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Simon, I would have a chat with Allison Keenan, she does make me laugh with some of her descriptive words like ;corking, mighty size, there are others I cant remember. I’m sure she will be glad to help, she strikes me as having a devilish sense of humour.

  3. Simon Biagi July 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    I say ‘ol Gals… you have been real smashers and I jolly well will have a word with Alison. Once you give old ideas like this a little bit of work they shine up like a new penny. Keep them coming and I’ll publish the top ten at the end of the week! Once again am truly indebted to you all for your kind assistance.
    With very best regards
    Simon XX

  4. Lisa July 31, 2009 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Alison Keenan’s the expert on genteel phrasing, I adore her! The lady is utterly ‘corking’ and her vocabulary and styling belong in a glamorous Noel Coward play.
    Long live old fashioned phrasing and manners, they are what put the Great into Great Britain!
    My favourite old style saying was one my grannie Florence used frequently – It was simply “SUPER-DOOPER!” (Said with HUGE enthusiasm whether it was at the sight of a cup of breakfast tea brought to her in bed by me her adoring little granddaughter, or posh afternoon tea at the Ritz which she treated me to every year when I grew up). God bless her, she certainly had bags of enthusiasm and lived her life to the full!
    May these these lovely positive phrases live on.
    Fondest regards Simon old chap, and as my gorgeous grannie Florence would say, you’re utterly SUPER-DOOPER!
    Lisa. X

  5. Margaret August 14, 2009 at 12:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Simon, totally agree Alison K is spiffing could listen to her all day ,one I remember is jolly hockeysticks , and telling someone they are a good old bean , cant think of anymore at the moment seems others have covered a lot , well ttfn , Margaret,xx

  6. sue April 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    I think we would be banned from saying “care for a cigarette” though these days lol!

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