rhyming slang


rhyming slang
   Witty and often inventively reflecting contemporary persons and events, rhyming slang turns ‘use your head’ first into ‘your loaf of bread’, then truncates it to ‘your loaf, now an everyday idiom. News from the Afghan frontier prompted ‘Khyber’ for ‘arse’, adding a giggle to the film Carry On Up The Khyber. A speech habit of Cockneys, in fact all East Enders, and Australians, rhyming slang was identified in the mid-nineteenth century as impenetrable thieves’ cant. Today it serves less for communication within the group than as a linguistic means of displaying group identity to bemused outsiders, as much in comedy and chat shows as in real-life situations.
   See also: Cockney
   Further reading
    Franklin, J. (1953) The Cockney: A Survey of London Life and Language, London: Deutsch.
   CHRISTOPHER SMITH

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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