Well if it comes from an oral background, & one's own background is literate, then the speaker could be right next door & one might never hear it. My thank to Peter Dillane for the elucidation from down under. The phrase 'It isn' t worth shit. ' comes to mind. That may be a North Aremican phrase. On 27 Jul 2015 9:42 am, David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > You seem to be substantially accurate, Peter > > Here is an example from, believe it or not, a tiny village just a few miles from where I live:- > > > https://mobile.twitter.com/danmatthews/status/550788059105857539 > > > I've often heard 'sound as a pound' to describe someone favourably, but never this, which seems hyperbolically to spell out the converse. > > I must have lived the last 60 years in a sheltered existence! > > Good on you though, that the saying got identified > > > Sent https://mobile.twitter.com/danmatthews/status/550788059105857539from my iPad > > > On 27 Jul 2015, at 16:43, Peter Dillane <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > > > Hey peter the expression is that a person is "nowt a pound and shit's tuppence" I think. I took it to mean relative values but it is clearly more complex than I superficially understood as if shit is tuppence you could still be doing alright although not the full quid. > > > > What's the Geordie hymn? Yes "fook him" ok I'll go quietly now > > > > Cheers Pete > > > > Sent from my iPhone > > > >> On 27 Jul 2015, at 6:14 pm, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > >> > >> reply.