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A potato in my sock

October 22, 2019

This morning I was pulling on my socks and I saw that one sock had a hole in the heel. “A potato,” I thought. “I’ve got a potato in my sock.’

Does anyone else ever still use this expression? I remember it from the late 60s/early 70s. My mum used to say it; but it wasn’t just confined to our family because I remember reading it in a Jennings book. I think the idea is that when you’re wearing a sock with a hole in it, the rounded patch of flesh that’s visible looks a bit like a potato.

I don’t think the youth of today would know the expression; but then, why should they? In days when socks used to be darned, perhaps it was a bit more useful. But now if you’ve got holes in your sock you just throw them away and buy another pair.

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  1. Mark Brafield permalink

    Haven’t heard that one, but Woody’s catchphrase from Toy Story, ‘There’s a snake in mah boots’, has entered our family lore and is brought out at any suitable, and many unsuitable, moments.

  2. Simon Carter permalink

    Suspect you’re right about darning being a lost art; my Nan had a wooden mushroom shaped thing which she used for the purpose. My mum used to cut worn sheets down the middle then sew the edges together which must have taken a while.

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