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I don’t know if it’s just British parents that have a set phrase book, but these saying are well known in British homes up and down the UK. They mix a sense of humour and sarcasm to tell children to do things, things that parents around the world often have to say and say again to their children. 

Can you guess what they mean?

  • Were you born in a barn?
  • You make a better door than a window
  • It’s like Blackpool illuminations in here
  • It’s like Piccadilly Circus in here!
  • Does it look like I was born yesterday?
  • Oi, cloth ears

 Can you guess….

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Did you work it out? Here are the answers

  • Were you born in a barn? Means don’t leave the doors open, please shut the door. Usually said to someone who has just walked in and left the door open behind them.
  • You make a better door than a window. Means move out of the way, because you’re blocking the view. Often used if you’re standing in front of the TV and the person behind you wants to see.
  • It’s like Blackpool illuminations in here. Means turn the lights off. Often used by parents who are turning all the lights left on by children who are moving from one room to another. Blackpool is a famous seaside resort in the north west of England that has a famous illuminations display.
  • It’s like Piccadilly Circus in here. Means everyone sit down and calm down. Parents say if everyone is running and moving around at the same time 
  • Does it look like I was born yesterday? Means do you think I’m stupid? Parents say this when they think their children are lying to them. A variation on this is ‘does it look like I zip up the back?’ meaning do you think I’m stupid like a stuffed toy?
  • Oi, cloth ears. Means hey listen to me! 

How many did you get right?! 

You can watch a video of me trying these sentences out on others to see if they can guess the meanings here

 Do parents in your country have these kind of sayings? Let me know below!

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