Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Only in Britain: Cockney Rhyming Slang ATMs

From today's Guardian:

"Ask for cockney and the machine tells you it is 'Readin' your bladder of lard' before asking for your 'Huckleberry Finn.' Then the hard decisions start. Do you want to see your balance on the Charlie Sheen? Or withdraw sausage and mash?"


Wil said...

When I first started work in London in the early '80s my boss would try and convince me that 'sausage me a gregory' was proper cockney rhyming slang. Obviously 'sausage' being 'sausage and mash = cash' but 'gregory' had me stumped for ages. Then it clicked; Gregory Peck = cheque - sausage me a gregory = cash me a cheque! Genius!

Mike Lynch said...

Thanks for that story, Wil.