“As said…”: 12 Scintillating, Smile-inducing Sayings from Sam Weller

April 6, 2013

Sam-wellerHe may not have been the hero of Pickwick Papers, but  Mr Pickwick’s manservant, Samuel Weller, was by far one of the most popular characters of Dickens’ first novel. Quick of wit and tongue, Weller’s remarks were laced with quotations and sayings that went from the sublime to the ridiculous, but were always nothing short of hilarious. So popular did they become that they were named “Wellerisms” and inspired dozens of clones. And millions of laughs.

We were reading Pickwick Papers for about the hundredth time recently, and cherry-picked twelve of Sam’s best “Wellerisms” for you. It might take a while to get used to the spelling and context, but once you do, you will understand why we warned you not to read these while eating or drinking anything. Enjoy:

  1. “All good feelin’, sir—the wery best intentions, as the gen’l’m’n said ven he run away from his wife ‘cos she seemed unhappy with him,”
  2.  ”Werry sorry to ‘casion any personal inconvenience, ma’am, as the house-breaker said to the old lady when he put her on the fire….”
  3. “Out vith it, as the father said to his child, when he swallowed a farden.”
  4. “How are you, ma’am? Wery glad to see you, indeed, and hope our acquaintance may be a long ‘un, as the gen’l’m’n said to the fi’ pun’ note.”
  5. “He wants you particklar; no one else’ll do, as the Devil’s private secretary said ven he fetched avay Doctor Faustus.”
  6. “There; now we look compact and comfortable, as the father said ven he cut his little boy’s head off, to cure him o’ squintin’.”
  7.  ”It’s over, and can’t be helped, and that’s one consolation, as they alway say in Turkey, ven they cuts the wrong man’s head off.”
  8. “Vich I call addin’ insult to injury, as the parrot said ven they not only took him from his native land, but made him talk the English langwidge arterwards.”
  9. “Business first, pleasure arterwards, as King Richard the Third said wen he stabbed t’other king in the Tower, afore he smothered the babbies.”
  10. “Sorry to do anythin’ as may cause an interruption to such wery pleasant proceedin’s, as the king said wen he dissolved the parliament.”
  11. “Oh, quite enough to get, sir, as the soldier said ven they ordered him three hundred and fifty lashes.”
  12. “Now, gen’l'm’n, ‘fall on, as the English said to the French when they fixed bagginets.”

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One Response to “As said…”: 12 Scintillating, Smile-inducing Sayings from Sam Weller

  1. April 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    thanks for sharing.“As said…”: 12 Scintillating, Smile-inducing Sayings from Sam Weller | BookWag gave me much help.

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