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#24459 - 03/23/01 08:59 AM rhyming slang
inselpeter Offline
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#24460 - 03/23/01 09:17 AM Re: Rhyming Slang
wwh Offline
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Dear inselpeter: go to Yahoo search box. enter "rhyming slang and there are several links.


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#24461 - 03/23/01 09:35 AM Re: Rhyming Slang
inselpeter Offline
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Thanks, wwh

Here are 10 of hundreds

Acker Bilk = Milk
Artfull Dodger = Lodger
Bag of Yeast = Priest
Barclays Bank = Wank
Ben Cartwright = Shite
Dancing Fleas = Keys
Dead Horse = Tomato Sauce
Frog and Toad = Road
Hit and Miss = Piss



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#24462 - 03/23/01 09:42 AM Re: Rhyming Slang
rodward Offline
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Registered: 02/13/01
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Loc: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Yes - follow the links. Maybe just two things to say here quickly. Firstly, the slang was used (like backslang and similar) to enable private talk between traders in an open market. Secondly, many phrases that started off as rhyming slang have entered into the language (at least here in UK).
[See below for enlarged list].
There was an article recently (2 months?) in press saying UK teenagers were reinventing the fashion.
That was three ...> Amongst the numerous things to say here ..
List [not exhaustive] of Rhyming slang in fairly common use, at least I think most UK people wouldn't notice anything that unusual when hearing them.
That's a load of cobblers = Cobbler's Awls = Balls
He's an absolute burke =Berkley Hunt= stupid person
Use your loaf =loaf of Bread = head
I'm just off for a Jimmy Riddle=Piddle
He's telling porkies again = Pork Pies=Lies
Its the police, Scarper! = Scapa Flow = Go
She's in a right two'n'eight=state
jamjar.com = web site that sells cars

Rod Ward =bored

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#24463 - 03/23/01 09:46 AM Re: Rhyming Slang
inselpeter Offline
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That was three ...> Amongst the numerous things to say here ..

Thanks, rod, please say on!


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#24464 - 03/23/01 10:53 AM Re: Rhyming Slang
Bobyoungbalt Offline
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Registered: 11/22/00
Posts: 1289
When I saw Dead horse = tomato sauce, I was puzzled until I remembered that you have to use UK (specifically Cockney) pronunciation to get the rhyme. I believe I remember reading in a Rumpole story that "grass" (=informer, narc} is an example of rhyming slang, but don't remember where it comes from.


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#24465 - 03/23/01 11:13 AM Re: Rhyming Slang
BlanchePatch Offline
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Registered: 03/02/01
Posts: 76
Loc: New York City
There was an article recently (2 months?) in press saying UK teenagers were reinventing the fashion.

When I saw the Ben Cartwright = Shite one I was surprised to see one of recent coinage, not to mention with an American pop culture reference - unless there's another Ben Cartwright I don't know about. Neat that the teens are into it.


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#24466 - 03/23/01 01:16 PM Re: Rhyming Slang
Sparteye Offline
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Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773
The one word in common use in my chunk of the country which I know to be derived from rhyming slang is "raspberry," short for "raspberry tart," which was rhymed with ... ummm ...


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#24467 - 03/23/01 02:28 PM Re: Rhyming Slang
garynamy Offline
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Registered: 01/29/01
Posts: 20
Loc: Maryland
My Catholic family in Northern Ireland introduced me to several "cream buns" and "far Easts," which is "nuns" and "priests" for the rest of us.

They also had a little saying about running up the apples and pears (stairs) to your bed, but I can't remember the rest of it.


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#24468 - 03/23/01 04:50 PM Re: Rhyming Slang--once in a lifetime opportunity
inselpeter Offline
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Registered: 03/14/01
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Loc: New York City
wwh came up with a proto-rhymer on another list, "son-of-a-gun," for which he gave an interesting etymology. Challenge: produce a { = rheimer}


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