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English Rhyming Slang

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Пятница, 07 Сентября 2012 г. 00:32 + в цитатник
Cockney rhyming slang first started to appear on the streets of the East End of London during the 19thcentury and was primarily used as a secret language through which criminals could communicate with one another without being understood by the police. However, despite its origins, it has remained popular with all people in that area of the country and is still very much in use today. People who use these slang expressions generally substitute one word with two or more words that rhyme with the original word in order to speak in some type of code. Some slang expressions have escaped from London and are in popular use throughout the rest of Britain. For example "use your loaf" is an everyday phrase for the British, but not too many people realise it is Cockney Rhyming Slang ("loaf of bread: head"). There are many more examples of this unwitting use of Cockney Rhyming Slang.

Cockney Rhyming Slang may have had its highs and lows but today it is in use as never before. In the last few years hundreds of brand new slang expressions have been invented - many betraying their modern roots, eg "Emma Freuds: hemorrhoids"; (Emma Freud is a TV and radio broadcaster) and "Ayrton Senna": tenner (10 pound note). Modern Cockney slang that is being developed today tends to only rhyme words with the names of celebrities or famous people. There are very few new Cockney slang expressions that do not follow this trend. The only one that has gained much ground recently that bucks this trend is "Wind and Kite" meaning "Web site".

Adam and Eve = believe
apples and pears = stairs
boat race = face
brass tacks = facts
bread and honey (commonly shortened to "bread") = money
brown bread = dead
butcher's hook (commonly shortened to "butchers") = look
chewy toffee = coffee
china plate (commonly shortened to "China") = mate
cream crackered = knackered
daisy roots = boots
ding dong = song (now it is used to refer to a fight or argument)
dog and bone = phone
dustbin lids = kids (children)
elephants trunk (commonly shortened to "elephants") = drunk
frog and toad = road
half inch = pinch (steal)
jam jar = car
John Cleese = cheese
John Major = pager
loaf of bread (commonly shortened to "loaf") = head
mince pies (commonly shortened to "minces") = eyes
north and south = mouth
old bag = hag (horrible woman/ugly woman)
on the floor = poor
Oxo cube (commonly shortened to "Oxo") = tube (the London Underground)
pen and ink (commonly shortened to "pen") = stink
plates of meat = feet
pork pie (commonly shortened to "porky") = lie
rabbit and pork (commonly shortened to "rabbit") = talk
Ruby Murray = curry
skin and blister = sister
sky rocket = pocket
tea leaf = thief
Tom and Dick = sick
trouble and strife (commonly shortened to "trouble") = wife
turkish bath = laugh
two and eight = state (mess)
weasel and stoat (commonly shortened to "weasel") = coat
whistle and fluite = suite
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