‘Ave it!

May 31, 2007

Once upon a time, back in the nineties, I was young enough to go out dancing to music with “repetitive beats”, to steal a phrase from the Government legislation of that era designed to curb such errant behaviour. Young enough to get trashed, overdo it, stay up all night and feel rather worse for wear afterwards.

This was known, in those days, as “larging it”, or “‘aving it large”. Even back then, the phrase was always a bit self-mocking, accompanied by exaggerated faux-dance arm movements.

Anyway, we all eventually moved on, and I just kind of assumed the language did too. Not so.

Enter Tracey, one of the inmates in this year’s UK Big Brother. Tracy is a hippy raver – or to use her quaint rhyming slang, “cheesy quaver”. We’ve only seen her arrival so far, but judging by that, her vocabulary consists mostly of the single phrase:

“‘Ave it!” (The exclamation mark is justified. She definitely exclaims it.)

OK, so it’s shortened over the years, as phrases do, but its origins are clear. The arm movements have evolved too, but they’re still part of it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Big Brother addict. I just have to get this uploaded before the second episode starts in four minutes…

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