buttress

[buh-tris]

noun

1. Most senior lady in the church in charge of the tea.

2. Another term for the head of the Mothers’ Union.

“I’d sneak to the pub through the vestry door, vicar.  I can see the buttress coming up the aisle.”

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  1. […] life-sapping gaze directed by an irate buttress at an unruly congregant. “I’d take that child to the creche, if I were you.  Mazer at […]

  2. […] are an amalgam of church experiences from a variety of places over the years. We have loved many buttresses in this time and have even ourselves been a pallium and also done a dowry. We hope this website […]

  3. […] promoted minorite, acting whilst the buttress is out of action. Share this:MoreEmailPrintDigg This entry was posted in nouns and tagged flying […]

  4. […] intimidating hat worn by a buttress or favoured minorite. Share this:MoreEmailPrintDigg This entry was posted in nouns and tagged […]

  5. […] of the complexion of a buttress as she has her annual sherry on Christmas Day. Share this:MoreEmailPrintDigg This entry was […]

  6. […] of the partially concealed disdain exhibited by an elderly buttress, when discussing certain changes in the church at large.  Usually borne out of sixty years of […]

  7. […] special committee called by the buttress when a vicar tries to implement a new project (such as the removal of old box pews). “Guitars […]

  8. […] are an amalgam of church experiences from a variety of places over the years. We have loved many buttresses in this time and have even ourselves been a pallium and also done a dowry. We hope this website […]

  9. […] & Peter Skellern about those women you meet in church (the New Wineskins Dictionary calls them buttresses). Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. Leave a Comment by Bryony […]

  10. […] to a new meme we created: the ’Grumpy Parishioner’ or Mrs Beamish or The Buttress. Inspired by Grumpy Cat and I’m afraid to say, every church has […]

  11. […] Brilliant song by Richard Stilgoe & Peter Skellern about those women you meet in church (the New Wineskins Dictionary calls them buttresses). […]

  12. […] from Jericho Books and is, naturally, a great read! Perhaps not one to buy for your church Buttress […]

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