Barney Rubble. ---was: dime

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 6 02:22:26 UTC 2012

This isn't Cockney(-style?) rhyming slang, then?

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at> wrote:
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> But "Barney Rubble" does seem to make sense. Â He's the character in the Flinststones cartoons, and from the little I remember of them, Barney was always getting into trouble. Â Or do I remember it wrong?
> Gerald Cohen
> Original message from Victor Steinbok, Thu 1/5/2012 12:47 AM:
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> To me, this makes about as much sense as the following exchange in, I
> believe, Oceans Eleven:
> "You're in Barney."
> "Say what?"
> "Barney--Barney Rubble... You're in trouble. Get it?"
> "No."
> Or something like that...
> This is no longer a singular case of "in Barney"
>> Â  Â  <name> pulls a bone shard out of the organ grinder and stabs him
>> Â  Â  for X damage, shouting "Stick that up yer Khyber, ya chav!".
>> Â  Â  <name> says "You're in Barney now!" and scrapes all the grease off
>> Â  Â  the bottom of his pie oven, then smears it on her for X damage.
>> Jabba you're in Barney! Rubble! Trouble!!! (different movie reference!)
>> All of you familiar with the original Getaway will be even more
>> impressed with the sequel. All of you who did not enjoy the original,
>> well, you're in Barney.
>> ...Barney Rubble. Trouble! Fuckit.
>> Lesson Learned: If you're in "barney," you're in trouble.
> This hidden rhyming euphemism still makes no sense to me. But I hear
> it's popular in London (at least two separate sources suggest this!).
> VS-)
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