Merk argiewe: sayings

Traditional sayings are at risk of going extincthow many do you recognise?

TRADITIONAL sayings are being sent to the knacker’s yard as people have never heard of them.

Phrases including “dog’s dinner”, “storm in a teacup” and even “couldn’t organise a p**s-up in a brewery” all drew blank faces in a survey of 2,000 adults aged 18-50 by researchers Perspectus Global.

Traditional sayings are being sent to the knacker’s yard

Traditional sayings are being sent to the knacker’s yard

ROB PATTINSON reveals the phrases most in danger and the percentage confused by them . . .

1.   Pearls before swine –  78%
2.   Nail your colours to the mast –  71%
3.   Colder than a witch’s t*t –  71%
4.   Pip pip – 70%
5.   Know your onions – 68%
6.   Nod’s as good as a wink – 66%
  7.   Stitch in time saves nine – 64%
 8.  Ready for the knacker’s yard – 62%
  9.   Dropped a clanger – 60%
10.  A fly in the ointment – 59%

Heard of 'pearls before swine'? You're in the minority

Heard of ‘pearls before swine’? You’re in the minority

11.   Keen as mustard – 58%
12. Flash in the pan – 57%
13. Tickety-boo – 57%
14.  Load of codswallop – 56%
15. Curtain twitcher – 56%
16. Knickers in a twist – 56%
17. Dead as a doornail – 55%
18. Dog’s dinner – 55%
19. Chock-a-block - 55%
20. Storm in a teacup - 55%

Enigste 45% had heard the phrase dog's dinner

Enigste 45% had heard the phrase dog’s dinner

21. Couldn’t organise a p**s-up in a brewery – 54%
22. Not enough room to swing a  cat – 54%
23. Flogging a dead horse – 54%
24. Toe the line – 54%
25. Popped her clogs – 54%
26. Drop them a line – 53%
27. Steal my thunder – 53%
28. Few sandwiches short of a picnic – 53%
29. Legend in one’s own lifetime - 52%
30. Be there or be square - 52%

54% were confused by'popped her clogs'

54% were confused by’popped her clogs

31. Fell off the back of a lorry – 52%
32. Bodge job – 52%
33. Eat humble pie – 52%
34. Having a chinwag – 52%
35. Put a sock in it – 52%
36. Mad as a hatter – 51%
37. Spend a penny – 51%
38. Cool as a cucumber – 51%
39. Gone pear-shaped – 51%
40. Cost a bomb – 51%

52% were confused about the phrase mad as a hatter

52% were confused about the phrase mad as a hatter

41. Fell off the back of a lorry – 52%
42. Bodge job – 52%
43. Eat humble pie – 52%
44. Having a chinwag – 52%
45. Put a sock in it – 52%
46. Mad as a hatter – 51%
47. Spend a penny – 51%
48. Cool as a cucumber – 51%
49. Gone pear-shaped – 51%
50. Cost a bomb – 51%

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