25 Nov 2012 10:03 UTCSun 25 Nov 2012 - 10:03 am UTC
I'm looking for things that might be said by a man born between 1930 and 1940. It could be language that's specific to northern England, or it could be language that might be used anywhere in Engand. Colorful, interesting, odd, or humorous is a plus. Crude language is fine.
Here's two examples of the sort of thing I'm looking for. (The examples are from American speech.) An exclamation: An older American woman might exclaim "Jesus Joseph and Mary!" in an upsetting situation. A phrase describing hopeless situations: "up sh** creek without a paddle"
25 Nov 2012 15:17 UTCSun 25 Nov 2012 - 3:17 pm UTC
Apparently, "Blow me" fits the bill here, at least according to this guide on English slang:
Scan the list, and you'll find other useful Englishims.
Is this the sort of resource you're seeking?
29 Nov 2012 13:18 UTCThu 29 Nov 2012 - 1:18 pm UTC
Might be a few more possibilities in this list:
Stock British Phrases
including Bollocks, "Gone quite doolally" (never heard that one!), and Kerfuffle.
Still don't have anything as earthy as "up shit's creek". Closest I get is "I'm all sixes and sevens".
29 Nov 2012 18:58 UTCThu 29 Nov 2012 - 6:58 pm UTC
I think you've all probably answered my question several times over now. Sorry I didn't respond earlier. I was very sick for a couple days.
29 Nov 2012 22:44 UTCThu 29 Nov 2012 - 10:44 pm UTC
Cor Blimey! I'm just Gobsmacked that we could answer your question.
Thanks...and feel better soon.