Brenda Blethyn actually used that phrase last night, playing the Geordie Detective, Vera Stanhope. The consensus is that this Northern expression means “I am astounded!” – but there is a fair bit of disagreement about the origins of the phrase.
Is anyone else watching this drama? I am finding it hard going – every episode seems chock-full of unremitting gloom! With my favourite Geordie Cop [Kevin Whateley as Lewis] you at least had Morse or Hathaway making witty quips to lighten the tension.
I sat on the sofa with a pair of scissors and a wpb, and cut out decoupage bits, and assembled greetings cards, just to have a pretty diversion from the misery. My stock of cards is quite low, so yesterday evening I produced a batch for all the upcoming birthdays, anniversaries and other events. I’m very happy with this little lot!