September 14, 2012

shy bairns get nowt

Posted in Idioms at 10:54 pm by Feng

shy bairns get nowt – shy babies get nothing. [wikitionary]

If you’re too  shy or don’t ask, you will not get what you want. This is a popular phrase used in Newcastle and nearby areas in the UK. I learned it today from a local PhD student and liked it very much. The phrase is intuitive to understand and speaks a lot of common sense. With some practice, it will make you sound like a native Georidie!

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