Old Forest Words & Expressions

This list was compiled by Cameron in 1972 under the title of 'Old Forest Words and Expressions that seem to be fast disappearing'.

The Forester is a friendly person, and it is customary when walking out in the Dean that he should greet any passer-by he meets.

Have you heard of the old Forester, who had gone to a busy town to spend his week's holiday?

It appears that after he had had breakfast on his first morning there, he decided to take a walk. Opening the door, he found people thronging the pavement going about their business. However, following his custom he began wishing them 'Good Morning' as fast as he could, but naturally he got no response.

After a while, the old man gave up the battle, either through lack of breath or bewilderment and returned  to his home quietly and in deep thought.


I heard of a boy who lived on Blakeney Hill, who boasted that he could speak three languages. When asked what they were, he replied, "One I speak at home, one at school and the other when I am out at play".


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