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Posted by Henry on December 07, 2004

In Reply to: Oops, thanks for the etiquette lesson posted by Lotg on December 06, 2004

: : : In an earlier thread, the 'British Empire' thread, Lewis used the term 'right made up', which I queried.

: : : TF answered with the following: : "Right made up" means very happy (at something having happened). I know it as Manc slang (emanating from Manchester in the North West of England), but it's more than possible that it's also an Irish expression. The London equivalent would be something like "dead chuffed".

: : : Which explains the meaning, which was what I was asking. But I'd also like to know, how 'made up' means happy? Does anyone know how this came about? ---GODDESS

: : In civilised society, the mention of Manchester is forbidden - and if forced to be acknowledged, should only be spoken of with derision. it is a wet, scruffy and tacky place with pretensions of grandeur - about as convincing as Brighton. Please say 'Lancashire' or 'Cheshire' when referring to places in that area.

: : I only know of two expressions used in the Trafford/Salford area and they are 'penalty, ref' [at which officials of poor character and judgment duly oblige by awarding a penalty kick at goal to the team in red] and "fookin sarted!" - meaning 'moderately satisfied' that such a decision has been made.

: : 'made up for' somebody is an expression used in that area (Stoke etc) to be pleased for somebody. I think it comes from putting on a glad face, as if using make-up.

: : please refrain from mentioning Mancs again.

: : L

: Haha, sorry Lewis. Didn't mean to offend your delicate senses. I was unaware that the M word was a problem, but feel completely enlightened now (chuckle).

I don't think that most men associate the phrase 'made up' with cosmetics, although that could still be the origin of the phrase. When people are promoted, they are also said to be made up. This is ususlly a source of satisfaction and might well be a possible source for the phrase.
When people are in acting in a senior role on a temporary basis, they are said to be acting up, but not in the sense of being difficult.