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What rhyming slang have you actually used yourself, or heard being used

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partialderivative Sat 23-Aug-14 13:40:28

My old man (or should I say pots and pan) used to drop quite a lot of rhyming slang into his conversation, though tbh I always thought it sounded a bit naff and a bit forced.

However there are quite a lot of phrases that are used quite regularly. Here's my list of stuff that I have genuinely used/heard

Loaf (of bread) - Head
Butcher's (hook) - Look
'alf inch - Pinch
Ruby Murray - Curry
Boat (race) - Face
Rock 'n' Roll - Dole
Scapa Flow - go (though I never realised this was rhyming slang until recently, I thought it was just Scarper!)

There are quite a few others that I like and wish were used:
West Ham (reserve) - Nerve

And another more cryptic one that is not rhyming slang, but close to it.

"he's got a bad case of E8" (Postal code of Hackney... think 'ackney)

Anyone else havetheir faves?

TerribleMother Sat 23-Aug-14 13:45:51

Not really properly on topic (sorry), but reminded me of an old boss of dh's who always got words wrong. A terrible (but hilarious) trait he had, was to try to use rhyming slang totally unsuccessfully, while 'holding court' to the staff. As in, 'has anyone seen my good bill and pen?' (Should be bill and Ben = pen), or, 'ok, next business lunch I reckon should be a good ruby curry'. confused No one had the nerve to point it out (while trying desperately not to piss themselves laughing!).

partialderivative Sat 23-Aug-14 14:27:16

That's great Terrible Mother! Made me chuckle, isn't that the sort of thing David Brent would have done in 'The Office'

CointreauVersial Sat 23-Aug-14 14:31:56

The one I use the most is probably "I'm Hank Marvin" (as in, starving).

ComeHeather Sat 23-Aug-14 14:36:51

My mother is not a Londoner but her parents were and she regularly uses...

Apples and pears....stairs
Adam and Eve it.....believe it (as in I can't believe it)
Ruby Murray
'Alf inch
Barnett fair.... Hair

I get a text most Wednesdays saying she is off to get her barnet done.

NoArmaniNoPunani Sat 23-Aug-14 14:38:36

I use Barnet for hair and Daisy's for boots

VisitTheInfidelWithExplanatory Sat 23-Aug-14 14:38:37

I use 'Barnet', 'butchers', 'half inched', 'apples and pears', 'loaf', 'Hank Marvin', 'pony' and 'dog and bone'. I don't really know why - I'm not a cockney!

partialderivative Sat 23-Aug-14 14:41:16

I'd forgotten about Barnett, it seems strange seeing these things written down.

Another one that just came to mind:

Pen (and ink) -stink

I've definitely used that one.

(I'm not a 'cockney' by definition. But I was brought up in Hammersmith)

KatherinaMinola Sat 23-Aug-14 14:47:07

I regularly hear ruby, butcher's, half-inched, Barnet, Adam and Eve it, pen and ink, loaf, pony, and dog and bone. Also - plates of meat (feet).

KatherinaMinola Sat 23-Aug-14 14:47:47

And Rosie Lea, of course.

PonyMcBony Sat 23-Aug-14 14:53:02

Aris is used here for arse as well as lots of the others already mentioned

partialderivative Sat 23-Aug-14 16:40:10

Aris - Aristotle - Glass and Bottle - Bottle and Glass - Arse

I do like that, but it does sound a bit contrived.

Other ones my dad used include:
tit fer (tat) -hat
Sky (rocket) - pocket

Does anyone know anything for Police?

I know Bill, Rozzers, Filth etc, but not any rhyming slang

partialderivative Sat 23-Aug-14 16:48:33

I'm forgetting so many of the more crude uses!

Gypsy's Kiss - Piss
Pony and Trap - Crap
Tom Tit - Shit
Sherman Tank - Wank
City Banker - Wanker
Friar Tuck...

almapudden Sat 23-Aug-14 16:56:21

I had no idea about barnet and scarper! Really interesting.

IScreamForIceCream Sat 23-Aug-14 17:10:11

We'd say

- cream cracker ed, for knackered
- it's all gone a bit Pete Tong, for wrong - bit more recent than many of these
- tea leaf, for thief

IScreamForIceCream Sat 23-Aug-14 17:11:37

Oh, and 'you're having a giraffe' for having a laugh. That one's probably not 'authentic' either!

IScreamForIceCream Sat 23-Aug-14 17:16:28

Hmm, also say 'donkeys', as in donkey's ears - years.

And 2 and 8 for state - you were in a right 2 and 8 last night.

acsec Sat 23-Aug-14 17:19:41

I sometimes go a little Danny Dyer and like to use:
Havin a bubble -bubble bath - laugh
'Alf inched
Tea leaf
Cream crackered
Barnett

LatteLoverLovesLattes Sat 23-Aug-14 17:33:30

Ones that were used constantly when I was a child were -

Apples & pears (every night it was 'Up the apples & pears to bed)
Rosie Lea (not sure my uncle ever asked for 'tea' - ever!)
Pen & Ink (usually about my cousins feet grin)

All of these more in a 'jokey' way, rather than actually used...

Hank Marvin
Donkey's (ears)
2 & 8
Pen & ink
Plates of meat
Tea leaf

Dog & bone

I use all of these, but as a more 'modern' thing than being old school?!

Pete Tong
Cream Cracker
Having a giraffe

partialderivative Sat 23-Aug-14 17:48:22

These replies are bringing back others

Brown (Bread) - Dead

KatherinaMinola Sat 23-Aug-14 18:49:18

Oh yes, hear cream crackered, titfer, bubble and tea leaf all the time.

And everyone knows...porkies! Pork pies = lies.

Berk(shire hunt)'s another - but I always think that's a back-formation rather than genuine rhyming slang.

usualnamechanger Sat 23-Aug-14 18:52:34

Cream cracker
Apple and pears
Adam and Eve it
porkies
brown bread
Giraffe
Etc...

cogitosum Sat 23-Aug-14 18:56:27

My mum's cockney and uses it a bit. I never did until ds was born and I'd say 'ooh you've got yourself into a right 2 and 8 ( state). I think she must've said it to me when I was little and it naturally came out.

I have a very privately educated Home Counties accent though so would sound utterly ridiculous using it in everyday conversation!

hazeyjane Sat 23-Aug-14 18:57:56

My dd2 asked if we could go to the Rub a Dub Dub, the other day (she has been talking to my mum).

KatherinaMinola Sat 23-Aug-14 18:59:25

Two and eight's a good 'un. Two bob bits is another wink

Me old china.

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