"raspberry" < raspberry tart ? : Cockney rhyming slang?
SCHULTZ at COMPUSERVE.COM
Tue Nov 5 06:32:54 UTC 2002
Rudy, it's included in Mathews' *Dictionary of Americanisms* (1951) as razz
or razzberry, a sound indicative of disapproval or derision. (NOT listed
M-W II (1934) has it as both raspberry (orig. E. slang) and razz (US).
*The City In Slang* (Allen, 1993) says that raspberry's a synonym for Bronx
cheer, "classically made by expulsing air through flaccid lips to produce a
very vulgar fluttering sound."
No tarts with any of the above.
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