Fair weather friends are not worth much.

Aesop’s Fables came free with the Kindle app on my lap-top.  I came across this expression as the moral of one of the stories.  A fair weather friend is a common expression.  It goes back a long way evidently.  Real friends are there when they are needed.

A chimney sweep is not seen as often now as when the main source of household heat in Britain was a coal fire.  The Clean Air Act in the 1960’s led to an increase in gas fires and a general rise in living standards has seen central heating replace most open fires.  Chimney sweeps are considered lucky by many people and are sometimes hired to attend a wedding for luck.  I have mentioned superstition in another post.  (I do not agree with it.)

Chimney sweep 1850s (Photo credit Wikipedia)
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A charge-hand supervises other staff.  He or she is an employee (hand) in charge of others.

Jack tar is a nickname for a sailor.  Traditionally a sailor wore his hair in a long plait, treated with tar.

Well-spoken is often a description of someone’s accent, but may include being articulate as well.

An old flame is a former boyfriend or girlfriend.

A nincompoop is not very bright.

The strong, silent type often refers to a quiet man.

A high-flier is someone with potential to climb the career ladder.

Bone idle is about as lazy as it is possible to be.

A sourpuss is not of a pleasant disposition.

A Nosy Parker might pry.  Parker is one of the more usual British surnames.

A city gent used to wear a pin-striped suit and a bowler hat and carry a furled umbrella.  When school-leavers became office juniors, their dress was transformed.

A pipsqueak is considered to be a nobody.

A bossy-boots is an organising person.  Alliteration again.  A strict person might put their foot down.

An armchair gardener reads books and watches television programmes about gardening.

A doorstep salesman goes from house to house.

Jesus was raised as a carpenter like his earthly father, Joseph.  A few years ago there was a poster which read “Carpenter from Nazareth seeks joiners”.

St Paul was a tent-maker.  When he was in Corinth he stayed with Priscilla and Aquila who were also tent-makers.  Acts 18: 1-4

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