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Belt and Braces.
People have been using that for years at work, I only just got the simile last month
I used to wonder if shabs and bants was at all influenced by shabber ranks
he might decide to put the milk in first when serving you a cup of tea. slightly undermining the flavour, and giving a subtle two fingers to whomever he served.
that is apparently where the term 'Miffed Off..' comes from.
Got a source?
Tbh I'd also be happy perpetuating a myth.
I call horseshit.
at least it makes coffee taste gross and not dissolve properly.
I don't really drink tea though.
but since the original post clearly specified we were talking about tea I wasn't bothering to consider other hot beverages.
teabag in mug, add boiling water, mash up a bit, remove bag, add milk. BUT I'm not a butler, and I'm pretty sure the posh way to do it with a teapot and that involves putting the milk in first.
for the sole reason that I can see whether I have let the bag stew long enough/squeeze the bag enough. If I take the bag out first, then put the milk in and it's not strong enough, what do I do then? I let it stew with no milk for a couple of minutes (whilst the water is hottest), give the bag a bit of a squeeze, then put milk in, assess the colour, then squeeze the bag a bit more if needed. Foolproof.
Found out recently it was short for Berkeley Hunt, which is rhyming slang.
I remember overhearing my flatmate at university describe me as a "belt and braces guy".
Ever since then I have tried to react against that, that conformity. I have always been reminded of that phrase, always reminded myself that even when I have had to conform that I am at least aware of my momentary conformity and how it is not what I want.
And it's also a phrase that has given me something to react against and push against.
Weird how a phrase like that, a throw away comment, can become so loaded with meaning on a personal level.