Cockney Rhyming Slang

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Brian Bowen, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. Brian Bowen

    Brian Bowen Active Member

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    Cockney rhyming slang was mentioned on another thread in passing. It makes a very colourful and often humourous addition to the way some English folk speak. For those unfamiliar:

    Apples and pears = stairs
    Plates of meat = feet

    Usage becomes even more oblique when reduced, e.g., to “I’m going up the apples to bed”.

    I wouldn't mind having a list -- anyone got some entertaining examples? As politically correct (and clean) as possible, please.
     
  2. JessopSmythe

    JessopSmythe Active Member

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    Trouble and Strife = Wife
    Trouble and Fuss = Bus.

    "I took the touble to town on the trouble" :?
     
  3. twigglet

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    Britney Spears- beers
     
  4. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

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    Dog and Bone - telephone
    Cat's Whisker - transistor


    In the "olden days" the Aussies sent a few of these rhyming slangs over your way!
     
  5. iggmeister

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    Gypsy's kiss, as in, "Awight darlin', I've had too many Britneys and need a quick gypsy's".

    Currant bun = sun

    raspberry ripples = nipples

    as in "oi Sharon, cover up darlin or else the currant'll burn yer raspberries!"

    Just a couple that you might like to use in the US.

    Igg
     
  6. ju33les

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    ruby murray - curry
    icky dicky- sick(y)
    eartha kitt- :oops:
    I better stop there as most of my slang is a little bit :?
     
  7. Accidental

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    rosy lea = tea
    old joanna = piano (pianna!)

    I think I can remember the whole alphabet (A is for 'orses, B for mutton etc etc) but that would take up way too much space here. My fave letters are Q for a pee and Y for girlfriend!
     
  8. bagpuss

    bagpuss Active Member

    Thrupenny bits - diarrhoea
    i.e. 'got any cheese love?? I've got the thrupenny bits.'
    nb, can also be used to describe what Raspberries (see earlier post) are attached to.

    Butchers hook - look
    i.e. 'phwoar.....have a Butchers at these pics of Big Twigge dressed as a 70's hooker' :wow :wow

    Richard the Third - faeces
    i.e. ' can't stop.....got to get home for a Richard'


    Puss
     
  9. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

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    Frog and toad - road
    China plate - mate
    Tit for (titfer) tat - hat

    To be correct, you should only use the first part - ie the word that doesn't rhyme.
     
  10. ted

    ted Member

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    Principal Skinner = Dinner
     
  11. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

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    Hank Marvin = Starving
    Rod Ryan = TV (don't ask me why!)
     
  12. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

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    Loaf of bread - head
     
  13. Steve

    Steve Active Member

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    Jack & Danny - Fa**y

    Used to work for a propper cockney geezer in a pub and he was often heard yelling to his wife that if she didnt stop yacking on the phone he would stick 'the dog' (see previous posts) up her Jack & ........
     
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    yorkie19 Active Member

  15. Dave Payn

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  17. Straightmute

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    Excellent Sam. Made my day to come across 'oojah' defined so well.

    Something for a rainy day there I suspect...

    D
     
  18. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

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    Such as "brolly = umbrella", for example :wink:
     
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