Friday, July 29, 2011
The use of rosie lee for tea seems to actually predate Gypsy Rose Lee by at least ten years and though its basis could possibly be from the military I can't find anything that would give it any kind of explanation other than it rhymes.
I do get to give you the fact that Gypsy Rose Lee appeared in an episode of the 60s TV series Batman as a journalist who interviewed Catwoman. So here is a picture totally unrelated to that fact, it is Rosie Lee though (I may be the first person to even call her Rosie!).
He has become Cockney rhyming slang for the number six. Rhyming slang seems to enjoy messing with numbers as we shall see.
If Clint Eastwood had been a cockney, Dirty Harry would have been that much funnier.
"This gun has Tom Mix bullets, I may have used man alive, I may have used Tom Mix...."
That would have confused the baddies.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Selling on behalf of his dad, the seller writes "I have decided not to list the beds on a free to good home site and instead sell them and keep all of the money for myself. I will of course be telling my father that I gave these away for free." his reason for this being that as his dad is getting rid of the bunk beds then only one of his children will be able to sleep over.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading it.
I guess the likenesses can vary with how you style the hair on the egg, if you need to. If it has a bowler hat then Oliver Hardy it is, how you then eat the egg is your problem. If you have the kind of money they are wasting on this egg cup to spare though you could probably afford a spare egg.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Well, I see this ad nearly every day and it still makes me chuckle. There are several options, the first is that their carpet cleaning is of a cheap quality, or that they clean cheap quality carpets, or possibly that their quality carpet cleaning is at a low price.
I'm yet to be convinced by non paid for roadside advertising, not many people have time to note down a number and call at a later date, no matter how cheap the quality of carpet cleaning is.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
So here it is in a sentence:
"I bought this buddy hackett and the round the houses in a sale, they make a lovely whistle, just need a dicky dirt to go with it"
Which translates to:
"Do you like my suit?"
Thursday, July 21, 2011
So whatever the origins 'dicky dirt' is a shirt.
Here we have a picture of Nathaniel Bentley, the original dirty Dick
|More Bentley stuff here.|
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Fun fact: Trousers were invented in 1934 by Noel Coward and here he is wearing a pair.
|Trouser wearing Noel Coward.|
Monday, July 18, 2011
Lola is the tale of an innocent young man's liaison with a lady who it turns out isn't quite a lady.
The song was originally banned by the BBC, not for the transvestite content, but for use of the brand name "Coca-Cola", Ray Davies had to fly home from the USA to change the lyric to "cherry cola".
Here is the great man singing Lola at Glastunbury in 2010
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Germans = German bands = hands.
What 'German bands' refers to is anyone's guess, rhyming slang tends not to be something completely randomly made up, so it probably refers to something that was in more common use. The internet seems to want to show me pictures of Kraftwerk, so no help at all.
I'm open to suggestions for the etymology...
|Some days, you just don't know whether to go for sunglasses or an umbrella, not sure if this store were being helpful or not|
Monday, July 4, 2011
Yes, "half inch" is rhyming slang for pinch and generally meaning to steal.
I don't know why half inch became the unit of inch to pinch with, as opposed to a quarter, an eighth or even a whole inch, only half inching counts!
Teletubby is used for the much loved family member, the hubby!
I personally think Tinky Winky would make the best husband, Po is too immature and Dipsy and Laa Laa, well their names speak volumes.
Here they are conquering New York one of the few places in the world where they just blend in.
"some teletubbies have no idea where the vacuum cleaner is, but I use our's all the time and I even call it Noo Noo!"
Other children's characters that have been introduced into the lexicon of rhyming slang include Popeye, Kermit The Frog, Willy Wonka, Pinky & Perkie, Mickey Mouse, George & Zippy and many more, many I'll feature along the way.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Anyway as an extra reason to be cheerful, here is Morecambe & Wise with Leonard Rossiter performing "Sisters"