Once Holly as an exercise in writing decided to write down bits of conversation we were having in the household. I probably still have them somewhere, but I have now accumulated so many notebooks that I can’t begin to contemplate trying to find it: however, I do remember that one thing she wrote down was ‘Don’t drink that, it’s had a troll washed in it.’ The children used to have these little plastic things with long combable hair which I used to call Gonks but they knew as trolls.
There was a glass of water hanging about, and at some point somebody said the immortal words: ‘Don’t drink that; it’s had a troll washed in it.’
I guess every family has its sayings, the mere repetition of which is enough to provoke laughter in the family and bemusement in everyone else. Ours are, apart from the troll thing, ‘I can’t face it!’ (a joke about when Mark had a hissy fit), ‘it doesn’t come free, you know,’ (Mark’s perennial joke about charging people for comfrey cream) and – oh, I’m sure there are lots of others but I can’t think what they are now.
Do your family have sayings which make you laugh and baffle strangers? Let me know what they are.