When did people stop saying?
...tastic (from Smashy and Nicey)
And why not? Barry Norman catchphrase from 1980.
arsy (for precious, up yourself, on your high horse, difficult)
at all (is there a doctor here at all? Can I help you at all?)
aware (for sensitive, perceptive, insightful etc.)
big girl’s blouse
bor-innnnng! (thank goodness they have. 70s)
bucket shop for place that sells cheap air tickets
bumping along the bottom
calling planet [Janet] (2004)
carry out (for do)
chick (for girl)
comparing apples and oranges
controversial (very late 60s. Probably meant "airing liberal views on TV".)
crucial (not since early 80s)
designer (stubble etc. Very 80s.)
dishy (now fit)
domino effect (now knock-on effect)
don’t strain yourself (when someone expresses slightly forced excitement, or faint praise; or offers help too late and without enthusiasm – 60s?)
doom and gloom (in the 70s meant strikes and oil crisis)
down to for up to
driven by (now fuelled by)
dull as ditchwater
effectively (every few words)
feelgood factor (recently)
for some unknown reason
gone off on one (recently)
grit your teeth (probably around 1890)
Having fun? (sardonically, when someone else has burnt a saucepan etc)
hustings (now stump?)
I don’t go a bundle on that. I kid you not
I must have been out of my tiny mind.
I’ll drink to that
I’m clever like that
I’m not a feminist, but…
I’m only here for the beer.
in this day and age
it’s all gone horribly wrong
It’s not big, and it’s not clever. (Though it still isn’t.)
It’s the way to go.
joe cool (the 80s?)
knock for knock
less of it!
Lord Muck/Lady Muck/Lord High Muckamuck
main claim to fame
malaise (something the country suffered from, a bit like doom and gloom)
male chauvinist pig
Ne’er mind, eh. (with a downward inflection on the eh.) (It was an 80s thing.)
new technology (for computers in publishing)
No shit, Sherlock
Not to worry!
Now you tell me.
Oh, what? (80s)
oppo (Falklands army slang)
pole/poll position (and arguing about which it was, and the derivation of either)
prannet/pranny for prat (80s?)
precious to mean vain
rant and rave
rave from the grave
snazzy (was it ever cool?)
strictly for the birds (what DID it mean?)
strictly from hunger (and what did it mean?)
take a stand (now stance)
Temper, temper! (Ooops – expressing emotion in public.)
the appropriately named...
the balance for the rest (they were the same people who said “Any joy?” and they also said “the bulk of” for “most”)
the likes of... There you go.
throw a wobbly/wobbler
understatement of the year
What’s not to like?
What’s the damage?
Where do you get off saying that/turning up uninvited/criticizing my hairstyle etc etc. (“I told him where to get off/where he got off” ie off bus) More recently, one fan claims, "I was approached by a photographer from an English tabloid who said he'd give me £150 to kick in a German. I told him where to get off." Guardian November 19 2005
woofter for poofter
woolly for cardigan/jersey
yomping (Falklands army slang – very short-lived)
You go, girl!
You’ve said a mouthful.