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Freddy Woo writes, "My wife thinks calling the front room a lounge is common. Worse, a friend of hers recently admonished her daughter for calling a toilet, a toilet. Lavatory darling. It's lavatory."

My own mother refused to let me use the word 'oblong' instead of 'rectangle'. Which is just odd, to be honest.

What stuff do you think is common?

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:06)
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my neighbour
I was going to write something snobby about the mum of my best mate when I was growing up, but then I had a change of heart, so I'm going to pay a small tribute to her shining beacon of commoness in an otherwise middle-class childhood:

1. She made home-made chips, in a chip pan on the hob. She served them with sausage and egg, on trays, so we could eat in front of the TV.
2. She kept us kids well topped-up with Vimto cordial
3. She believed in 'Elevenses' - basically an excuse to sit down and eat Kit-Kats, Gold Bars, Club biscuits, Penguins or whatever chocolaty treat she had stashed in the cupboards that week.
4. She approved whole-heartedly of Girls Worlds, Sylvanian Families and, most importantly, Barbie! Her two daughters had every kind of Barbie PLUS the Barbie house, Barbie horse and carriage, Barbie car etc.
5. She was an enthusiastic watcher of the soaps; Coronation Street, Eastenders, Brookside, and the golden chalice for 8-year-old girls......Neighbours. She would even call us in from the garden when Neighbours was starting.

All small stuff, but stuff I never got at home, where I had to watch Newsround and Blue Peter then turn the TV off, chips were a birthday treat, I had to eat healthy foods (read over-boiled veg) washed down with Robinson's cordial while sat at the dinner table, and Barbie was banned. So, Stacey's Mum, I salute you!
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 11:26, 6 replies)
Stacey's Mum?
She's got it going on.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 11:38, closed)
Beat to the punch...

...was Stacy's mom Rachel Hunter. Please say it was Rachel Hunter. Please say you had pictures!
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 11:52, closed)
Egg and chips,
in front of the telly. Nice one.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 11:43, closed)
Stacey's mum sounds ace.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 11:46, closed)
Obviously the best drink to wash down sausage, egg and chips with. And of course now I've got to bloody buy some on my way home from work.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 11:55, closed)
Have a click
...for having the kind of friend I was never allowed.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 14:17, closed)

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