Word salad


During a long train trip, Gert’s mind turned to expressions that use food words.  Who needs Virginia Woolf or James Joyce? Here’s Gert’s stream of consciousness:

a cheesy grin    honeyed words    lardarse         take the biscuit   ham it up    on toast

egg him on      caviar to the general    bring home the bacon   in the soup   in a stew

a broth of a girl   mutton dressed up as lamb   full of beans   a silly sausage   a couch potato

waffle on    flat as a pancake   the meat in the sandwich    a sandwich short of a picnic

a piece of cake   the cherry on the cake   packed in like sardines   chicken-livered

beefcake     butter him up   nutty as a fruitcake      strawberry blonde        chicken out

give him the raspberry    the apple of my eye    peaches ‘n cream      a jammy bastard

in a pickle   smells fishy    spaghetti western    know your onions      cool as a cucumber

use your noodle       banana lounge   cauliflower ear      peas in a pod       legs like jelly

cowardy custard      keen as mustard     an old chestnut     a biff on the scone    old trout

a bit of crumpet       pieface   a load of tripe   boloney    puddinghead   sweetiepie

make mincemeat of him        red as a beetroot     give him curry

and of course that old Aussie favourite,  don’t come the raw prawn.


More, please….  Gert has a long-term project to create a word-installation  for Australian’s next appearance at the Venice Biennale. If we can have a swimming pool, as we do this year   https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2016/06/11/the-pool-the-venice-biennale/14655672003337, why not a pantry?





24 thoughts on “Word salad

  1. My favourite is Lardarse as it conjures up some amazing images.

    Rather stale now: it’s a cracker.
    Carroty haired.
    And that perennial favourite: Life’s a box of chocolates.
    Toffee nosed.


    1. Here we would just say, “red as a beet.” Some of these are very British or Australian; others are familiar.

      I had to look up “biff on the scone.” Apparently in some circles it has something to do with lighting joints, or letting them go out because you’re too stoned or ?? pretty obscure.

      I’m focused on religion and bread at the moment, but will see what I can add to the list.

      Then there’s the term “word salad” itself, as applied to verbal constructions of Sarah Palin, and now Donald Trump.


      1. I was digging deep with a biff on the scone. It has a Wodehousian feel, the scone being the head and a biff being a hit.
        I have heard people talking about Trump’s language as characteristic of certain states of florid mania. “Flight of thought” is the term I believe.

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  2. A very good list – lots of gems. Mutton dressed up as lamb was very much a favourite of my mother.
    Chop chop. Stew on it Out of the frypan into the fat. Cheesed off. Takes the cake. Nasty pasty. Egg on his face. Saucy wench.


  3. Complimentary phrases?
    Icing on the cake.
    Creme de la creme.
    Sugar and spice.

    Less complimentary:
    On the gravy train.
    What sauce!
    Roly poly …

    More aggressive foodie phrases?
    You’re telling porkies! (Rhyming slang: pork pie = lie)
    She’s a right tart!
    Shut your cakehole!
    You’re toast!
    You’re gonna get a knuckle sandwich!


      1. I forgot that being locked up at Her Majesty’s pleasure here in the UK — being in stir — is often called ‘doing porridge’. So many British expressions are as nutty as a fruitcake, aren’t they, like the people themselves.

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          1. A quick online search suggests that this is Cockney rhyming slang — not only was porridge common fare for prison breakfast but was so bad you.needed a knife, hence ‘porridge knife’ meant ‘doing life’ (sentenced to life imprisonment).


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