Rhyming Slang

6 Sep

The English language has many ways of confusing its students. If you have ever watched British TV programmes, you may have heard expressions like “trouble and strife”, and wondered what they were talking about. Or you may have heard somebody say “apples and pears”, but you didn’t see any apples or pears!

These are examples of “rhyming slang”. It originated in the East End of London in the 19th century, and is still used today. Some cash machines in London even have the option to talk in this dialect!

In the “Rhyming Slang” slide show on the right of this page, you will find some examples. See if you can work out what they mean. Enjoy!

(If you are ready for a detailed academic discussion of rhyming slang, you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyming_slang )

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