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I once overheard a neighbour use the phrase "nig nog". I asked my father what it meant. As quick as a flash he said, "It's a type of biscuit. A bit like a hobnob." Can you beat this? BTW: We're keeping this thread open for an extra week as we're enjoying the stories so much.

(, Wed 14 Jan 2004, 13:29)
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The hard shoulder
On long car journeys, eg. to my grandma's house along the M25, I would complain about things and bully my younger brother, as one does. My dad, who's not usually the lying type at all, once asked in an off-hand way "Do you know what the hard shoulder is?" Upon answering 'no' I was informed that it was "for little girls who don't like going in the car so they decide to walk all the way to Grandma's." The lie was reinforced on later occasions when we would drive past some poor soul walking along the hard shoulder (presumably to a phone or breakdown service, or whatever) and my parents would deadpan me with "Looks like that man/lady didn't like going in the car so they've decided to walk all the way to their grandma's."
At the age of about 14 or 15, when I finally asked them what it actually was for, they pissed themselves laughing at the magic shutting-up charm they'd come up with and its ludicrous longevity.
(, Fri 16 Jan 2004, 20:39, Reply)

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