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  •  My husband was born within the sound of Bow Bells (7+ / 0-)

    in Lambeth, south London, in 1930.  It was he who taught me rhyming slang.  Once I told him that his almonds were in his drawer, where I always put them.  He looked bewildered, having momentarily forgotten that almond rocks are socks.

    I've passed the rhyming slang on to my skin-and-blister, who's as American as I am.  We even call each other Sister and Blister in our e-mails.

    You should mention the Pearly King and Pearly Queen, dearie--so very Cockney. And take care not to sit in front of your computer screen for too long, or you'll get a stiff Gregory Peck.

    Thanks for the glossary, some of them were quite new to me!

    Yes, I'm het, but I'm NOT a Mad Hetter!

    by Diana in NoVa on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 05:24:14 PM PDT

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