Billy Oh
Started by sphinx, 12th July 2019 23:42 in Talk & Chat

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    This used to be quite a common expression to convey an incredibly large amount....

    e.g. My mosquito bite hurts like billy-o....

    Or, He ran like billy-o when the vampire chased him....

    However, a young friend I spoke to the other day had never heard of it.

    Maybe it's a London thing.
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    I have heard of running like billy-oh, though not admittedly from vampires.....
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    Language morphology - Interesting stuff
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    Iíve heard of that saying, Iím not sure if itís regional so much as generational, young people donít say it.
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    My young people would say something Ďhurt like heckí or something similar.

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    I have heard of it - used to listen to Paul Temple on the BBC Home Service when I was very young - and his wife used to say it a lot!

    But - who was Billy O?
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    sphinx
    This used to be quite a common expression to convey an incredibly large amount....

    e.g. My mosquito bite hurts like billy-o....

    Or, He ran like billy-o when the vampire chased him....

    However, a young friend I spoke to the other day had never heard of it.

    Maybe it's a London thing.
    It's an old thing.

 


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