Phrases Used then Forgotten





We can look, here at phrases and terms used once, then largely lost to us.

This particular set focus on the meanings and use of phrases in recent decades, that I have come across through mild journalistic reportings, a particular passionate area of rumouring and a hot bed of strange practices and beliefs.  And it is the latter which offers an unusual tie that connects these phrases, and why they popped up and then vanished.


(I had never heard of any of them before. and so far of all I have spoken to, there are only a few others from the area and time who feel something about feels distantly familiar but say they cannot remember. But i'm still asking)


There are further explorations to be included for some of the phrases.






The 1st one I'll show you takes us to 1974, appearing throughout Doncaster in South Yorkshire England.   5 separate instances can be sourced of when it was used.



1.   A "Seris Sa'la" meant -  to be dissatisfied with one's appetite at an all you can eat buffet (any cuisine, means locating that emotion, but to not linger on it.)



Connection -  A series of 'all you can eat street' stalls popped up around that time, in the town centre and then surrounding villages, until they suddenly disappeared and never returned.

Common sights (and this is verified by many) were of lots of people carrying trays of food back and forth.  A business woman from the time told me how:

"they really dominated your eyelinerfor a period. It felt like every curve of your ball** was being taken up with it, and all this whilst moving around the town centre at a steady pace. Always steady."

And when these stalls spread further, you would have seen people ferrying meals past your house, and across the racecourse, which would have been a right trek and a strong contender for why this didn't last.  Another local cafe owner at the time said to me:

"And they didn't rush, so it had took up more of your time when you realised you had been watching them.  But sumat were nice about it".


*   local term at the time meaning 'line of sight' 
** referring to the eye.


RUMOUR (dont know who started or spread it about) 

That a number of chefs on the days when working, would not eat, so that they "would not be affected by the 'energy' of the food that would be fiddling away inside them". {chef from that time remembers, without much prodding}.  This practice stemmed from the idea of objectivity when cooking and that by digesting and cooking at the same time, the 'lifeforce' of the eaten still resided and would affect you in many ways, mood, mentally and cookery.  And to what end would these effects take place from flesh and plant?

Malevolent or Benevolent? they were not taking any chances on either.




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2.   There was a moment in 1973 England, when an awareness of smelling yourself, reared up, spread quickly and then disappeared

It's unclear whether this was used as empowerment or as an insult, but it's use points to a person enjoying smelling one's own bodily smells but feeling bad about it even though they are aware a lot, if not all people do (and said people would judge you).

So if this be you, you were then known to:

"Frequent the Roxy"




A RUMOUR (there are 2 surrounding this one) -   The mild one first.:

People who engaged in the blocking of noses for extended periods, then having massive "Smellathons".  These gatherings did exactly that, and you didn't need proof of blocked off smelling, they stressed you would only be fooling yourself.

The heavy stuff next, and it's rumoured device, that allowed the mouth and throat to breathe, whilst, the nose was kept on full sniff, constantly.  The 'sniff' was no more, replaced by a never ending snifffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff etc. By a never ending 'f' on the end of 'sni', could this be connected to the phrase?.


Was this an addiction?

Was it an attempt to overload the senses?  And why?  Was it a distrust of the 5, and an attempt to move beyond?

Was it cos they couldnt get enough sniff, or was it to not be a slave to it?




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3.    1975, England, Lichfield.   T shirts featuring men and women melding into one were made and rocked a cul de sac, I was told.  And at the same time, the following phrase existed:


To engage others in 'logic' or debate, unaware of each individual's personal perception is affecting and blocking truer communication is to - 

"sit with the widow"









4.   1989, London.

To mildly gurn involuntarily at the mention of something (in hope that they will do so) is to - 

"Ride the Sabbath"







5.  To empty a sack no matter it's contents, was known as - "Biting further than one can bite".  Didn't seem to catch on and was more commonly used as e.g -

"Oooh.  He's biting further than he can" 








6.  Wanting to reply to another when there exists no grudge, and you feel it would not be malicious on your part, but they could, nay, would be offended - so then always forever never doing so was known as 

"To Feather the Leather"









7.  To wipe the arse of another is  - 
"To shovel the soul"









8.  To pay your servant in berries and rolls is to - 

"Hunt your own flock".






[A note on this, the thread of locating and then not lingering seems to be a connection through some of these terms, which could be a tie to the ideas of  'movements' that existed.].



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