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Lexicographer Liz Potter looks at some more contemporary examples of Cockney rhyming slang:
It's Friday night. Fancy a ruby washed down with a couple of britneys? Baffled? What if I reminded you that Britney's surname is Spears (which rhymes with beers), and told you that Ruby is Ruby Murray, another popular female singer, but one whose heyday was in the 50s? And Murray rhymes with curry … there, you've got it. This is an example of rhyming slang, that strange form of wordplay popular with Cockneys, or those who wish to appear to be Cockney … read more
a frightening or unfriendly low noise