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Re: Lovely jubbly

Posted by Gary Martin on November 21, 2007

In Reply to: Lovely jubbly posted by David MG Evans on November 20, 2007

: What is the origin of the phrase "lovely jubbly" as used by Delboy in Only Fools and Horses?

After the Lone Ranger thread, here's another 1950s memory. Jubbly was an orange drink, packaged in pyramid-shaped paper cartons. They were often sold frozen - basically a Jubbly was a lump of frozen orange juice. Not lovely exactly, but they were very nice. The advertising slogan was 'Lubbly Jubbly'.

John Sullivan, the writer of Only Fools and Horses, gave Del Boy the 'Lovely Jubbly' line. It is usually pronounced with a Del Boy style Sarf London accent - 'lavverly Jabberly'.

Sullivan was born in 1946 and I'm sure would have eaten Jubblies (actually, the best method was to suck them). Jubblies disappeared for some years but the popularity of the sit-com has brought them back.