We all have local idioms and peculiarities of speech. We acquire these from the people around us. I remember once being verbally assailed on the soccer pitch and angrily asked what I thought I was doing.
‘I’m only here for the good of my health, and to wear my old clothes out’,
I answered – an expression I had picked up at home. It was enough to disarm my accuser!
‘What ails your head?’
His reply brought my total astonishment.
‘I fell over a straw, a hen kicked me, and my belly is full of white mice.’
I stood agawp! Then I raced home like lightening to relate to my mum the remarkable sequence of unfortunate events that had befallen our guest!
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