Monday, April 02, 2012


It may have well come from a tv show called Kingswood Country, a particularly racist and misogynistic tv show. I expect is also could accept a few other 'ists'. However, it was quite funny in its time.

I am not really sure if the phrase came from the show or was around earlier, the phrase being, Warm the set and cool the tinnies. 

I've been known to use the phrase, perhaps after we have been out all day on social matters and it is such a relief to get home and plonk into a chair.

If you know straight away what it means you are probably of a certain age and living in Australia at the time of the tv show. I am just curious as to how widely this would be understood. Perhaps if you do instantly know, hold off to see what others say and then come in later with, I knew that. I'll republish with detail at a later point.

So what does warm the set mean? What does cool the tinnies mean? If you in the US, step up to the plate. UK, step up to the crease.

I just googled the phrase, and it may well have come from somewhere more recent than said tv show.


  1. I do know what it means Andrew but I can't say that I recall hearing the phrase previously, possibly because we didn't watch Kingswood Country in our home.

  2. I just remember that memorable phrase from Ted Bullpit. "Pickle me grandmother!"

    Can't imagine it would translate across to an other culture.

  3. I do know Andrew, not in relation to Kingswood Country (what is that??) but just because it's an Aussie expression, but I'll hold off and come back later when there have been a few guesses'
    btw I'm glad I gave you some good memories re Dennis, hahahaha! you are such a naughty boy Andrew!!!

  4. I remember everytime the poor son-in-law wanted a beer Ted Bullpit would say "Money On The Fridge Wog" which would crack me up everytime and by today's standards not very politically correct :-).

  5. I absolutely do know and it's not from Kingswood Country which is more famous for "Money on the Fridge Wog" and "The Kingswood! You can't take the Kingswood! I just shampooed the ashtray!" and other equally silly reasons for not letting anyone else drive his beloved car. I loved that show.

  6. I don't think I've seen the show, but I know what the saying means :)

  7. It's only when we take a detached look at phrases like these we remember that English is, for many of us, a second language. As Bob Dylan said, "I pity the poor immigrant".

    Kingswood Country was something I was never able to sit through. Can't say I've heard the expression, but it's easy to follow.
    I suspect it would be a funny expression if used by you because I can't imagine you living like an Australian version of Onslow.
    It sounds rather like something McGooley's son in law Wally would say.

  8. Anonymous10:30 pm

    Loved Kingswood Country when I was knee high to a grasshopper! I don't remember that phrase being said on the show but I know what it means. Never used it though... V.

  9. Victor, I watched a bit on You Tube today. It was not a good tv show from today's perspective.

    LS, that is a great line that I had forgotten.

    Grace, might it have been Roy and HG? I never really knew a Dennis but I did know some heavy pumpers. Folks, check out Grace's heavy pumper post,

    Windsmoke, it amazing that the show could get away with that.

    River, remember the Aboriginal garden ornament called Neville? Neville needed regular washing.

    Fen, you being so young, I am surprised.

    FruitCake, you don't even need to go to the vernacular to see that Aussie English is hard. An Onslow I am not. I am restrained and conservative. It would be more like 'pour me a drink bitch'. Not that I would be game to say that. I have absolutely no idea who Rita and Wally were. I am far too young.

    V, they were simpler times. Surely you would now decry the show for its sexism and racism. But hey, it was quite funny though, wasn't it.

  10. LOL Andrew. Not laughing at you.

  11. FC, MNMWY was a good show for its time.

  12. I think we are in danger of becoming too precious about these things - like in the US they have rewritten Huckleberry Finn and taken out the word "Nigger" which is really offensive but how far do we go "correcting" things. As for the Wog word - most I know are these days proud of the term and call themselves that sometimes as a joke. I think that the only way the world will improve is if we human beings can continue to laugh at ourselves - my husband don used to shock people (on purpose) and call himself a cripple!!! He was a cripple and no pretty words could change that - its when the humour is so cruel that its not funny at all that there is a problem...I know what "warm the seat and cool the tinnies" means - there is a book called "The Dinkum Dictionary" if you can get a copy it will take you way down memory's lane - we've got some really unique phrases which are sadly dying out - if you go inland into farming communities it still exists and is wonderful to listen to those who are the masters

  13. MC, no one wants to offend any one, and say for Huck Finn, if it was to be used as a school book, perhaps it should be tidied up, but generally they are part of literacy history and should be left as written. Do you remember a book called Let's Talk Strine? It was popular when I was at school.