Outside it is wet, dull and cold. Not freezing cold, but the sort of cold that gets damply into your bones. It’s the sort of cold that makes you want to curl up in front of a fire and read. Hibernating weather.
‘Its raw out there.’ That’s what my mother would say on a day like today. Most folk around here don’t seem to use that expression. I looked it up. It’s there, in several of the on-line dictionaries. Unpleasantly cold and damp weather, it tells me, unsuitable for outdoor activities.
So I’m inside with the heating on and a heated bean-bag at my back.
Interesting, isn’t it, what expressions we use and where they originate. There are several I grew up with that I use automatically, but I often get blank looks in response.
Ma used always to say, ‘Only on high days, holiday and bonfire nights,’ to explain something that was done or used only rarely. I have not heard other’s use that one – apart from her twin sister.
‘I don’t want to look like mutton dressed as lamb,’ she’d say, trying something on that she thought a little too young for her. (I can remember her saying that before I was 10, so she wouldn’t have even reached 40. But I suppose age goal posts have hanged since then.)
‘What DOES she look like?’ she’d exclaim in a disapproving tone, to someone she reckoned had dressed inappropriately.
And when we asked for something, ‘I’ll see,’ she’s say, which we knew usually meant no, and ‘Jam yesterday, jam tomorrow but never jam today.’
It’s days like these which empty the enthusiasm out of me.
by Thomas Hood
No sun–no moon!
No morn–no noon!
No dawn–no dusk–no proper time of day–
No sky–no earthly view–
No distance looking blue–
No road–no street–
No “t’other side the way”–
No end to any Row–
No indications where the Crescents go–
No top to any steeple–
No recognitions of familiar people–
No courtesies for showing ‘em–
No knowing ‘em!
No mail–no post–
No news from any foreign coast–
No park–no ring–no afternoon gentility–
No company–no nobility–
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member–
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,