Origin of Ruby Murray for Curry

We often discuss how curry came to be slangified into Ruby Murray. Maybe it’s cos we can’t stop eating the stuff. Anyway, here’s a great story from Jeff Ives who claims to have invented the slang. Jeff writes: “Shame on me, but I have just seen your website for the first time and noted a […]

Listen to CockneyRhymingSlang.co.uk’s Gordon Smith speak on NPR

Was pleased to be asked to contribute to a programme on the US’s National Public Radio about London life. The piece focussed on the Olympic Games (the Sid James, as they’re being branded by Cockney-loving PR companies on the lookout for an opportunity). http://www.npr.org/2012/03/14/148574426/olympics-letter-from-london

Bristol Cities – why Bristol?

Les Williams writes: “Why Bristols (city)and not London or Cardiff eg Perhaps Bristol planes?” Good question! The slang is Bristol Cities, and this comes from the football team. I’m talking about Bristol City here, not Bristol Rovers, right? That’s the main reason. Also there is a theory that it caught on because “Bristol” and “Breast” […]

Minder – Why is “Slaughter” Slang for Arthur’s “Lockup”?

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 […]