36 British Sayings – FamilySearch November 22, 2019

I saw this a few days ago on FamilySearch, but was in the middle of dealing with other priorities – 36 British Sayings: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/british-sayings/. I was familiar with some of them, but many of them were new to me.

November 22, 2019  – by  Alison Ensign


Have you ever stopped to wonder where phrases such as “have a gander” come from or what they mean? There are hundreds of British sayings, idioms, and expressions used in England and Great Britain that can tell you a lot about English culture and heritage. Let’s look at a few!

Before we do, does your family have any inside phrases or expressions? Do you know where they started? Share the stories with the rest of your family using FamilySearch Memories, where you can record some of your favorite family sayings, jokes, or stories and their origins.


Family Sayings

Now that you’ve learned these British sayings, think about the phrases used by your own family. If your family uses unique phrases or idioms, record them using FamilySearch memories to share with the rest of your family. Even if the expressions aren’t unique to your family, share why certain phrases are meaningful. A funny memory, significant tradition, or inside joke can add a layer of meaning to common sayings. Recording your stories can preserve special memories for future generations or extended family.


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