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London Slang

London Slang

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London Slang 
Introduction
The English language contains a rich array of slang words and phrases. This can beparticularly seen when examining the day to day language of the average Londoner. Agreat many London slang terms derive from the Cockney tradition and fall into thebracket of 'Rhyming Slang'. Other terms have been introduced by the influx of othercultures into the capital. The resulting mishmash has created what academicssometimes call 'Estuary English' (after the area of the Thames Estuary), although thisterm is used more to describe the accent used in the area.I realise that some words and phrases are perhaps a bit too 'non pc' for generalconsumption and have omitted these. Even so, many of the following will offendsome people and I would like to state that their inclusion is to provide a realisticrepresentation of the language, not to be sensational or abusive. It is the nature of slang that it is either used to replace taboo phrases or to playfully enhance them, thisis unavoidable when compiling a list of this sort.I have not included an exhaustive list of 'Rhyming Slang' terms but have focused onthe specific phrases that are still widely used all around the capital. I have alsocollected a number of newer phrases that are labelled '
 Modern Rhyming Slang
' whichI have come across over the last few years. It remains to be seen if these terms will beaccepted as bona fide 'Rhyming Slang' in the future, but I feel their inclusion at leastprovides an up to date picture. There are a number of pages on the 'net' that focus on'Rhyming Slang' in more detail, but these largly focus on the historic terms that areonly used by a very small group of people which I feel gives a rather cliched view of Londoners.In reality there are very few people who use Rhyming Slang in it's traditional form.My intention is that this book will be used to record the terms that are used by a widevariety of people and I feel that I should stress that a lot of the terms are used in atongue-in-cheek way. We do not all walk around saying "Cor blimey mate, love aduck I fell down the apples and pears" !
 
 
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-A-
absobloodylutely/absofuckinglutely
- an exclamation as to resound a definiteyes.
ace
- excellent, great. A rather out of vogue term, probably still used by kids.
Adam and Eve
-
 Rhyming Slang
for 'believe', e.g. "Would you Adam and Eve it
mate
!".
afters
- short for the term 'after hours' meaning drinking in a pub after officialclosing time. Also see '
lock-in
'.
aggro
- short for aggravation or violence, e.g. "He was steaming drunk and
well upfor
some aggro".
Alan Whicker(s)
-
 Rhyming Slang
for 'knickers'.
all over the gaff/shop
- general term to describe someone or something that has nodirection or that is in a mess.
allright/awright
- a greeting literally meaning "is everything all fine?". Usuallyused in the form "awright
mate
!".
Annabel Giles
-
 Modern Rhyming Slang
for 'piles' (haemorrhoids).
'andsome
- (handsome) - very good, e.g. "That's 'andsome
mate
" (That'sgreat/brilliant).
anorak
- geek, nerd. A term that has been used since the 80s. An 'anorak' is alwaysmale, unfashionable and possibly a '
trainspotter
'.
(Sir) Anthony Blunt
-
 Rhyming Slang
for 'cunt'.
apple core
-
 Rhyming Slang
for 'score' (£20).
apples and pears
-
 Rhyming Slang
for 'stairs'. A rather cliched Rhyming Slangterm which is more often than not used in a sarcastic manner as if to emulate (or takethe piss out of) cockney speech.
arching for it
- (like a cat on heat) a term sometimes used to describe a young ladywho is sexually fired up. Also see '
gagging for it
'.
Aris(totle)
-
 Rhyming Slang
This is a complex one. The meaning of the term 'Aris' is'arse' (rear end). This derives from 'Aristotle' = 'bottle' and 'bottle' is short for the
 Rhyming Slang
term 'bottle and glass' = 'arse'.
 
 
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arrows
- the game darts - pron. "arras".
arse
- has developed over the past few years and can be used in a number of ways.The first meaning is obviously 'bottom' and is the English (and original) version of theAmerican 'ass'. The more recent way of using the word is as an exclamation of annoyance, i.e. when you do something clumsy or when things just don't go your way.Then you might simply say "Arse !". This almost definitely stems from UK TVproductions like "The Fast Show" and "Father Ted". Another meaning would be tosimply refer to someone as an 'arse' as an insult.
arse about/arsing about
- to fool around, e.g. "Stop arsing around!"
arse-about-face
- something that is in a mess or crooked, e.g. "Look at the state of that shelf you just put up, it's all arse about face!".
arseholed
- very drunk, e.g. "I got totally arseholed on Saturday night.".
arse-over-tit /-elbow
- to fall over in a dramatic fashion, e.g. "I'd had a bit to drink you see and I just went arse-over-tit!".
Aunt Annie
-
 Rhyming Slang
for 'fanny' (vagina).
Ayrton Senna
-
 Modern Rhyming Slang
for 'tenner' (ten pound note), e.g. "I've onlygot an Ayrton left to last me the month!".

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