Usage: "...Jack was determined not to lose a minute of it but to run down-Channel with a press of sail until he could round Ushant with plenty of sea-room. He would not even stop long enough to take in fresh supplies from the bum-boats that came round the ship, observing in his decided manner 'that they were not here to blow out their kites with lobscouse, nor to choke their luffs with figgy-dowdy, but to convey the Catalan troops to Santandero without a moment's loss of time...'" --Patrick O'Brian, The Surgeon's Mate, 287
As a teenager, I had to help my mother learn the Buttercup part (and all corresponding G & S contralto parts - Ruth, Katisha etc.), including some of the really nonsensical stuff in the "Things are seldom what they seem" number. As a result, my head is chock-a-block with bizarre Gilbertian phrases like:
Highlows pass as patent leathers; Jackdaws strut in peacock's feathers.
Drops the wind and stops the mill; Turbot is ambitious brill.
Thirsty lambs run foxy dangers. Paw of cat the chestnut snatches.
Meanwhile, I can barely remember my new cell number.