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pavane Folklore: Rhyming Slang - is it still used? (43) RE: Folklore: Rhyming Slang - is it still used? 26 Jan 12

The earliest recorded instance of (cockney) rhyming slang was around 1838, just as the police force was being established, and that is believed to be significant. I did find a book on Google Books which gave details, but I didn't save the link.

Yes, there are many expressions still in common use - have a butchers (Hook=look), half-inch (pinch) , rabbit, get down to brass tacks (facts), and many people don't even know they are using it.

A load of cobblers = cobblers awls
Not a dicky bird = word
Dicky bow = a bow worn with your dicky dirt - shirt

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