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    #21

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    It's like an entirely different language! My loaf nearly exploded reading that, so I had to have a butcher's on the sportsman's to get a scooby to see what you rabbited about.

    I'm definitely becoming some kind of fan of Cockney slang. I wonder, though, how many people (in England, at least) understand the slang. I suspect there are some must-know words that every Englishman or Englishwoman has to know. Am I mistaken?
    It's what some linguists call an anti-language. It uses the words of the wider speech community (English speakers), but uses them in a way that is only comprehensible to insiders. It was designed so that only those who were meant to understand would understand. It has become better known now and many of the terms have entered the wider English language, and many wouldn't even know that berk was originally very ruder rhyming slang, using it instead as something similar to idiot, which is its current meaning.

    We have a glossary of Cockney rhyming slang here if you are a fan https://www.usingenglish.com/members...=Cockney&ltr=A

    Look up titfer, which is one of my favourites.

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    So, nobody has come up with creep?
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    #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    J&K, did he say "Sam Ting John Johnson"?
    Sam Ting = same thing
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    #24

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    When I first saw "Sam Ting", I thought it was "something", for some reason. Now the joke makes sense to me. Thanks, Tarheel.
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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