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“We thought we’d have a ruby before we went back to the mickey, only the trouble got on the dog and gave me some omar.”
This type of slang was once peculiar to a particular area of London, but has now spread across Britain, with new additions cropping up often.
The above is an example of cockney rhyming slang. We aren’t great at using it up north as you might guess.
ruby = ruby murray (50’s Irish singer) = curry
mickey = mickey mouse = house
trouble = strouble and strife = wife
dog = dog and bone = phone
omar = omar sharif (actor) = grief
Rhyming slang is popular in other countries. You can find some examples of the Australian stuff at the link on the right side of this page.
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