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

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Tue Jan 24 00:14:05 EST 2017


Apologies for a somewhat belated post (but I've been tangled ...).

Garson earlier directed my attention to a _Notes and Queries_ article by one
"A.G.C." that engages with the poem, and confirms the Rory/"door" equation that
Gerald pointed to.

Here:


                        https://archive.org/stream/s8notesqueries10londuoft#page/339/mode/1up

Robin Hamilton

> 
>     On 22 January 2017 at 03:00 Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
> 

> 
>     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
> 
>     LH
> 
>     > Begin forwarded message:
>     >
>     > From: "Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at MST.EDU>
>     > Subject: Re: Query: Slang "insect promenade"
>     > Date: January 21, 2017 at 6:33:45 PM EST
>     > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>     > 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
>     >
>     > ________________________________
>     > 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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