Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Corrie Bottoms

There haven't been too many references to spanking on Coronation Street of late, but the episode I watched last night had a brilliant one that I just have to share. First thought, here's one that aired several months ago.

Sally is unlocking the knicker factory door because the owner is taking a few days off.

"I'll be cracking the whip around here," she boasted. The eyebrows of several workers went up quickly.

"I didn't know you were a dominatrix, Sal," Joanne remarked

"there's a lot you don't know about me," was the quick reply.

Gloria, a pain in the butt new character on the Street, is the former owner of a bar in Spain and is related to several other characters, including the girlfriend of the owner of the Bistro. Since she's "family" she goes to Gail's house and asks for the keys to the Bistro. The double entendre in this scene is priceless.

Gloria: I thought I might come and do a bit of bottoming. [For non-British readers, that means a good cleaning.]
Gail: I'm the cleaner, Gloria. I bottom.
Gloria: I know, but you didn't see the cleanliness standard of my bar. Wait till you see a sponged bottom.

Kevin interrupts them as they stand on the doorstep. He's collecting money for a couple with a new baby.

Kevin: We're having a whip-round for Tyrone and Kirsty. 
Gloria: Whip-rounds. They always make me think of funerals and prison.
Kevin: This is for the baby.
Gloria: I can't help it. When you've been a gangster's moll you get used to your menfolk disappearing.

She snatches the keys from Gail's hand and heads off towards the Bistro.

Kevin: She was a gangster's moll?
Gail: With a sponge bottom, apparently.

Gail is not amused.

From Hermione's Heart


Anonymous said...


Thank you for sharing.


Our Bottoms Burn said...

Something lost in translation.

Minielle Labraun said...

Funny. I love how shows are playing with spanking comments lately!

Aimless Rambling said...

I'm with Minelle. I noticed it even in a commercial the other day. Maybe it's coming round again and we will be in the mainstream. I think it's thank you 50 shades.

ronnie said...

I love to hear anything to do with TTWD on TV.

I've never before heard the expressions "bottoming" or "sponged bottom" to do with cleaning.

Thanks for sharing Hermione.


Bas said...

I'm used to learning new English words every day in Blogland, but now even Ronnie is learning new idiom.
I'm in good company today.

Hermione said...

Joey - My pleasure.

OBB - It was a double entendre.

Minelle - I love them too.

Sunnygirl - I am sure 50 Shades is responsible for the increase.

Ronnie - Never? Maybe it is an expression used only in the North of England (where the show takes place). I remember Hilda Ogden using that expression. Perhaps it's old-fashioned and seldom used nowadays.

Bas - The English language is a strange and wonderful thing.


Anonymous said...

love the double entendre...
bottoms up

sixofthebest said...

Hermione, I am saddened to hear of the passing of Barbara Ann Scott, the Canadian Winter Olympic Gold Medal Winning Skater of 1948. Truly a magnificent performance.

Hermione said...

Red - Thanks. It had to be intentional on the part of the writers.

Six - She was a real star, and will be missed.


ronnie said...

No, never. As you say maybe a Northern expression. I say - I need to clean the house top to bottom.


Hermione said...

Ronnie - That's what I would say too.