Monday, 8 April 2019

CHEAPSKATES?


2 or 3 times a week we visit Waitrose cafe for a coffee and a read of the free papers.

It seems like a simple thing to do but to us it's a break in the day and we enjoy it.

But on totting the cost up the other day I realised just how much this little pleasure was costing us.

And so, we bought ourselves some biodegradable bamboo mugs to take advantage of their free coffee machine.


Today we enjoyed a relaxed read of the papers and a free coffee, lovely.

On another subject altogether.

I've been pondering on the meaning of the phrase 'Just the ticket' I know what it means but how did it come about?
Also, when we kids were at home I remember my Mum often saying she'd give us a clump if we didn't behave (don't worry, it was a saying and nobody ever got 'CLUMPED' lol
But where on earth did that word come from?

I could come up with so many of these phrases, my Mum was full of them but they do not seem so prevalent these days.

17 comments:

  1. Laughing on the other side of your face! You'll stick like that if the wind changes. Goodness there was loads of odd sayings. And we did get a clump if we pushedcour luck! X

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  2. mine did not say we would get a clump, mother said you will get a switching, and we did and daddy said we would get a belt and we did. which was NOT just the ticket. I don't think we have any free coffee here, some of the doctor offices have it though.

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  3. Clumping your fingers together into a fist? Dont know about the ticket.

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  4. I've heard, "Just the ticket", never heard anything about "Clumping" though. My Dad would say sometimes he'll give us a "Cleckitna", whatever that was. Never heard that anywhere else.

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  5. I like your mugs.
    I used to always hear "if you don't stop crying I'll give you something to cry about"

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  6. Some commenters suggest that the term "ticket" in this phrase is derived from the French word "etiquette" which of course is to do with rightfulness and propriety.

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  7. I know "just the ticket" and say it quite often. The mugs you bought are very pretty. But you can just come into this place and help yourself to free coffee? I don't know of any place that does that!

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  8. I don't call that cheap; I call it smart :) I do like those cups.

    We use "just the ticket" here but I've never heard of clumping. From reading British blogs and books, I see many phrases that aren't part of our speech here. I find it fascinating and like learning new ones.

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  9. Love the new mugs! I've heard "just the ticket" but never "clumped." Very often when I use an expression like that, Dave will say, "Where did that come from?" And we'll look it up online to get the backstory. It's amazing how much you can learn about your own language!

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  10. I didn't know there was such a thing as a 'free' drink of coffee depending on the vessel used to drink it. I'd like to think Tesco offered the same.

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  11. You do shop there, don't you? Buy something each time you visi? One of our stores had a little coffee area with tiny sample cups and three flavours of coffee. Shoppers who wished could get a taste. I saw one woman come in with her own mug and fill it up. Not too much longer the store discontinued the whole thing.

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  12. Not heard of 'clumped' before, that's a new one to me.
    Lots of free coffee's taken at our local Waitrose, it seems very popular, a shame the store is to close though at the end of June :-(

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  13. We got a 'clip' not a clump - I expect it hurt just the same!

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  14. My Grandad used to say, "You'll get a bunch of fives" if we were naughty. I think it's great that people are getting reusable mugs more and more now. I haven't actually used a disposable cup for over a year now, possibly even a year and a half and it is all to do with organisation. Nice that you are able to save money with getting it to take away rather than drinking in!x

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  15. شركة تنظيف منازل بالجبيل افضل شركة خدمات منزلية بالجبيل نظافة شاملة مع التعقيم والتلميع وابادة الحشرات شركة تنظيف بالجبيل شركة المثالية هي افضل شركة نظافة بالجبيل والمنطقة الشرقية تقدم لعملائها افضل جودة وارخص الاسعار بالاضافة الي تقديم الخدمات من خلال عمالة مدربة وذات خبرة كبيرة بمجالات التنظيف ومكافحة الحشرات , فلا تتردد في الاتصال بشركة تنظيف بالجبيل للحصول علي كل ما هو مميز ولضمان الحصول علي منزل امن نظيف راقي خالي من المواد الضارة والميكروبات

    شركة تنظيف منازل بالجبيل
    شركة تنظيف بالجبيل

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  16. you can't just have a free coffee from the machine in waitrose. You have to do some food shopping so it will cost you more that just buying a coffee!!

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