Phrase For Phriday

These Phrases for Phriday are something that I started a while ago in response to a suggestion from one of my readers, the lovely PJ. They (I hope) provide examples of how Brits and Americans (and other English speakers around the world) are often, as the saying goes, divided by a common language.

I prefer to begin these light-hearted posts by admitting right here that I’m not at all sure if these are particularly solely British words and phrases. However, I have to start somewhere and that means making some assumptions… they sound pretty British to me, or to put it another way, these are instances when I believe those Americans and others I mentioned might be tempted to think, “WTF does that mean?”. But I’m providing nothing more here than my personal interpretation of the words in question. Of course, I could be wrong – nothing new there then, either!


Today’s phrase is…

Would you Adam it? which is cockney rhyming slang. Cockney Rhyming Slang, although basically English is almost a language in it’s own right and, particularly when it’s spoken properly, is almost unintelligible to those who don’t know it. That’s because the actual rhyme is left off of the end to shorten it and make it harder for “outsiders” to comprehend. Thus, my phrase for today refers to the complete rhyme Would you Adam and Eve it? – would you believe it?

An example might be, “Would you Adam it, she took him right up the apples?” which completes as: would you Adam and Eve it, she took him right up the apples and pears? For the totally uninitiated that would translate as: would you believe it, she took him straight upstairs? (Sounds like my kind of girl!)

Have a good weekend…  😉

4 Responses to “Phrase For Phriday”

  1. This is a totally new one for me! I like it!

    Here’s one for today,” For crying out loud!” which translates to ‘For God’s sake!”. Always said in exasperation.

  2. Thankfully you translated…I would have needed a powerful decoder ring otherwise. 🙂

    • Had I known YOU were going to visit, I’d have been sporting a brand new dicky! (if you ask nicely, I’ll explain) 😆

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