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First No-No

“I pulled my first no-no in Canada that night. When Nick and I headed for bed, Nick's father asked me what time we wanted to get up in the morning. Before Nick could say anything I said" Oh you can knock me up around nine." Well, the expression on dad’s face was something to see. When Nick could stop laughing he explained to his father that I wanted him to rap on our bedroom door at 9 am. Then he told me what "knock me up" meant over here. I was horrified. Believe me I never used that expression again.”

- Joan Lucie Wallingford arrived from England as a War Bride in 1946 [S2012.1485.1]