Posted by ESC on June 05, 2001
In Reply to: Black over Will's Mother's posted by R. Berg on June 05, 2001
: : Does anyone know the origin of the phrase
: : "It's a bit black over Will's Mother's (or Will's Mum's)"
: : It is usually used here in Sussex to describe the state of the sky when there is a storm brewing.
: Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British," has the variant ". . . Bill's mother's." "Applied to dark clouds looming--in no matter what quarters of the sky. The phrase is very common, later C20, in the East Midlands, but is by no means limited to that region, for I have heard it also from a Scotsman in Sussex, where also I heard the var. 'it's a bit brighter over . . .'"
: Hmm. Where did Shakespeare's mother come from?
I couldn't find anything on this expression in my British phrase books.