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perl_geek
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Re: Rhyming Slang
perl_geek   2/21/2017 5:20:32 PM
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Sorry, me old china, but that looks to be a load of cobblers.

(Translation provided upon request.) :-)*

 

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Rhyming Slang
Max The Magnificent   2/21/2017 2:32:33 PM
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@sean: ...my comprehensive online Cockerney™ Rhyming Slang dictionary - http://moteprime.org/cockerney/...

This is the funniest thing I've seen all day -- thanks for sharing


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Max The Magnificent   2/21/2017 12:12:16 PM
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@betajet: ...The agent's reply is one of my all-time favorite movie lines.

Damn you Red Baron -- now I have to go and watch that movie!!!

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Re: Rhyming Slang
Max The Magnificent   2/21/2017 11:58:09 AM
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@David: ...In Australia, being able to trace your line back to a convict ancestor is seen as a badge of honor...

I've said it before and I'll say it again... it's a funny old world when you come to think about it :-)

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Rhyming Slang
seantellis   2/20/2017 5:33:19 PM
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Given the amount of interest in Rhyming Slang, here's a plug for my comprehensive online Cockerney™ Rhyming Slang dictionary - http://moteprime.org/cockerney/ - which may help non-Cockerneys from around the world. And Basildon.

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David Ashton   2/20/2017 2:28:39 PM
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@Max: "Although what cheese has to do with it I don't know "

Well, as you point out in your email salutation:

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."

-- G. K. Chesterton

...QED!

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"not a patch on"
betajet   2/20/2017 11:26:21 AM
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One of my favorite Brit-isms is "not a patch on", meaning that something compares poorly to something else.  I first encountered the phrase in a spy thriller in which there was a character who was from Cleethorpes, a seaside resort in Northeast England.  During WWII, whenever his Army company arrived at a new location he'd declare "it's not a patch on Cleethorpes", which became a company catch-phrase.  A fellow soldier was once sent off on a recon mission to check out a location for an upcoming operation and was reprimanded when he sent back the message: "Location suitable in all respects but not a patch on Cleethorpes".

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betajet   2/20/2017 11:15:18 AM
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I heartily recommend The Limey, a 1999 USA crime film starring the great Terrence Stamp as a career criminal who travels to Los Angeles to find out why his beloved grown daughter really died while he was serving a long spell in chokey.  A great scene is when he attempts -- in Cockney -- to explain himself and his philosophy of life to a senior DEA agent.  The agent's reply is one of my all-time favorite movie lines.

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What's a "wicket"?
betajet   2/20/2017 11:02:39 AM
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I would guess that most 'Mercans would instead ask: "What's a wicket?", a line from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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Steve.Leibson   2/17/2017 7:24:57 PM
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"Y'all" is indeed Southern American English for the plural "you." The singular form of "you" is "ya," and in "I'll see ya!" or just "See ya!" Although British English and Northern American English do not differentiate between the singular and plural forms of "you," French and Spanish certainly do recognize the difference, have different pronouns for the singular and plural, and conjugate verbs differently as well. That's why Southern American English is considered more refined than other forms of the language.

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