Daft ‘apeth.

Daft Club
Daft Club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those not familiar with the saying (title above) the second word is an abbreviation of ‘half penny worth’ as far as I can gather. It was used for many a year in my circles as a child growing up in Liverpool and I suppose it was used in many other parts of the land too. I still use the phrase sometimes even now. It is used in jest in response to someone’s foolish act, usually someone known personally of course. ‘You daft ‘apeth’. Having checked to see the origin of the phrase I drew a blank but I’m sure it will be listed somewhere. E often calls me a daft ‘apeth whenever I do something silly and I often call myself the same after doing something silly too! With lots of time on my hands lately I am able to do things I haven’t done for a while, making cakes is one and I baked a lovely cake a few days ago. That has all been eaten of course, they don’t last long in our house! On Wednesday morning last week I had the idea of making a curry for a change. It had been many years since I last prepared a curry. I had to check to see if we had any ingredients, that is spices in store. E and I checked for any that might be stored in the cellar for we have a room there in which we store many foodstuffs as it is a cold and dry room. We found several containers with spice in them but not all could be used because of their age. However we did have some spices in the kitchen cupboard too, spices such as cumin, coriander, chilli powder, ginger and a few others and of course black pepper. We had enough of the correct spices with which to make a curry. Now as it happens E and I have a small collection of cookery books and one of them is dedicated to Asian recipes. She brought them into the kitchen thinking I was going to use one of the recipes. There are recipes from Japan, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar (listed as Burma), India and Sri Lanka in its pages. I was spoilt for choice though I didn’t wish to prepare anything special. Turning to an Indian recipe in order to jog my memory as to amounts of spices to use I was reminded how much and which spices to use. What I hadn’t realised was how hot the recipe would be. Daft ‘apeth! So I prepared the curry and yes, it was hot! Gosh it was hot and I don’t really like hot curries. Out came more cream to quench its potency but it wasn’t enough, I had to dispose of some of the liquid until finally I had it right. E also reminded me I was a daft ‘apeth too. I’ll know better next time. The (chicken) curry was delicious by the way.

Shirley Anne

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Why do we say that?

Most of us will have used and still do use the phrases seen below and many more besides. Not all the origins if any of these sayings and phrases will be known by most of us either I don’t suppose. The reasons we use them are usually to enhance the meaning of something we have said or to give it an analogy. Many of these phrases are also often used in error or they are misquoted in ignorance.  We may think these sayings are relatively new but in fact many of them originated centuries ago. Their possible use was first of all to add humour to a situation or to explain graphically an event. Whatever their original use they still maintain a presence in our lives today. Probably most of the time we don’t think about using them because they have become a part of the way we express ourselves.

Pulling out the stops
Head over heels
Dressed to the nines
As dead as a door nail
Sleep tight
Raining cats and dogs
Gordon Bennett
A little bird told me
A load of cobblers
Motley Crew

Here is a site which traces the origins and use of the sayings we use..

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/index.html

Have fun reading about them.

Shirley Anne