In Reply to: Off with the head... posted by Justine Donald on November 18, 2009 at 10:26:
: Please, please, please, can someone tell me what this phrase means?
: "OFF WITH THE HEAD, ON WITH THE CABBAGE". This was said to my son from another child who got it from their mum. I am really concerned as to what it means. It sounds threatening. Appreciate your help. thank you.
It gets no Google hits at all, so it must be extremely rare; perhaps it's a family saying. If you're concerned, why not just ask her? I can't see any reason why she should mind if you say, "My son learned a quaint phrase from your son - it's new to me. Do tell me what it means". (Then please come back and tell us!) (VSD)