[Ads-l] Fwd: Query: Slang "insect promenade"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 21 22:00:06 EST 2017

Apparently also for “floor” but in this context Jerry’s hypothesis makes more sense.  As for the choice of Rory O’More as the source of the rhyming slang (as opposed to, say, Henry or Roger Moore, or St. Thomas More), he was evidently a well-known (although not by me) 16th c. Irish chieftain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rory_O'More


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> From: "Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at MST.EDU>
> Subject: Re: Query: Slang "insect promenade"
> Date: January 21, 2017 at 6:33:45 PM EST
> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Rory is short for Rory O'More (door) in Cockney rhyming slang.
> Gerald Cohen
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> Robin Hamilton (robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM), Jan. 21/2017, 3:06 PM, wrote:
> <snip>
> Anyone got any ideas for, "But I fired him out of the Rory quick" in stanza
> 3? I floated this up-thread, but no one bit, and I still can't quite get my
> head around it.
> Robin
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