Posted by Alan on December 15, 2010 at 11:12
Brass Monkeys -
Some phrases, in Cockney at least, arent literal translations, but based on "sounds like". For example San Fairy Anne, which sounds like the French Ca ne fait rien.
Is it possible that because the English were a sea-faring nation that the phrase is foreign?
For example: Manque de (Bras), Arms missing each other/ flapping around? (I'm not saying thats the answer I'm just using as an illustration)