Some examples of rhyming slang

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Nov 23 21:28:03 UTC 2013

So in general, it's SWS, where the second strong (or stressed) syllable is the intended referent ("phone"), SWS is a familiar collocation ("dog and bone") rhyming with it, and the first strong syllable is the resultant expression ("dog").  One outlier is "titfer" for "hat", where the pattern would predict a different outcome.  Hmmm.

(Curious that the locus classicus is not exemplified here:  "wife" > "trouble and strife" > "trouble".)


On Nov 23, 2013, at 3:30 PM, John Doe wrote:

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> -Wilson
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> 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
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