Kite: originally meant a worthless bill or cheque. Hence you would say “I am going to fly a kite” means you are going to pass a bad cheque. The word seems to now mean any cheque (bad or not). It is still used in the insurance and banking industry I am told.
More questions about slang from the TV series Minder. Why is Arthur’s lockup referred to as a “slaughter”? Slaughter: according to Eric Partridge, a slaughter is “the quiet secluded spot, generally a farm or walled car park, where thieves transfer stolen goods from one vehicle to another, split consignments into easier-handled amounts, display items to […]
We get a lot of questions about TV series which feature Cockney slang. The top two are: Minder Only Fools and Horses The Sweeney Because these series are repeated continuously all round the world, they pick up fans in the strangest places who are often baffled by the Cockney lingo. For example we have a […]
Dawn asks: “Can anyone tell me where the term ruby murray (meaning curry) came from, as my brothers unfortunate enough to have a name that sounds a lot like ruby murray so ive been wondering bout this for years!” Ruby Murray is classic Cockney Rhyming Slang for curry. I can tell you that around these […]
We get a lot of interest from Down Under in our rhyming slang. Maybe it’s because in the land of Fosters and XXXX they have their own rhyming slang. Some say that we exported our slang to Oz when we exported our criminals to the penal colonies. A very plausible theory I guess. Anyway Jo […]
Evidence of a much wider variety of Cockney slang for money is reaching us. For example David Campbell writes: “In the 50’s, we had a lodger who came from the East End, and was very well versed in things cockney. I asked him about money, amongst other things, and remember a marigold being a 3d, […]