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* '''Hey diddle diddle''': Fiddle. [[CaptainObvious Honestly, which one would it be for?]]

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* '''Hey diddle diddle''': Fiddle. [[CaptainObvious Honestly, which one would it be for?]]for?


* '''Literature/CanterburyTales''': UesfulNotes/{{Wales}}.

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* '''Literature/CanterburyTales''': UesfulNotes/{{Wales}}.UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}.



* '''[[Series/HawaiiFiveO McGarret]]''': £50.



* '''Creator/NelsonEddy''': Readies (can mean "ready money" or any amount of money).



* '''Creator/FredAstaire''': Hair.

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* '''Creator/FredAstaire''': Hair. (Can also be stairs.)


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* '''Creator/AnnaMayWong''': Pong (smell).


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* '''[[Music/TheJacksonFive Jackson]]''': £5.


* '''Creator/EarthaKitt'''/'''Creator/BradPitt''': Shit.

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* '''Creator/EarthaKitt'''/'''Creator/BradPitt''': '''Music/EarthaKitt'''/'''Creator/BradPitt''': Shit.

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* '''Whistle and flute''': Two- or Three-piece Suit.


* '''Vincent wan Gogh''': Cough.

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* '''Vincent wan Gogh''': '''Creator/VincentVanGogh''': Cough.


* '''Wallace Beery''': Query.

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* '''Wallace Beery''': '''Creator/WallaceBeery''': Query.

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* '''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]]''': Work.


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* '''[[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]]''': Time.


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* '''Creator/FredAstaire''': Hair.
* '''Joan of Arc''': Park.


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* '''Creator/JamesDean''': Keen.


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* '''Creator/GeorgeRaft''': Graft (slang for "work").


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* '''Creator/MickeyRooney''': Loony.


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* '''Creator/WilliamPowell''': Towel.


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* '''Creator/JaneRussell''': Mussel.


* '''Bristols''': Tits "Bristol City": titty[[note]]though one wonders, of all the BritishFootyTeams titled "City", why Bristol was chosen. Why not call them Hulls? Or Stokes? Or Chesters? Addendum: One theory as to this is that the choice of Bristol has nothing to do with the city itself; rather, the twin Bristol engines on certain World War II British aircraft such as the Blenheim were considered by air crews to resemble breasts.[[/note]]).

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* '''Bristols''': Tits "Bristol City": titty[[note]]though one wonders, of all the BritishFootyTeams UsefulNotes/BritishFootyTeams titled "City", why Bristol was chosen. Why not call them Hulls? Or Stokes? Or Chesters? Addendum: One theory as to this is that the choice of Bristol has nothing to do with the city itself; rather, the twin Bristol engines on certain World War II British aircraft such as the Blenheim were considered by air crews to resemble breasts.[[/note]]).

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* '''Brown bread''': Dead.


* '''Boat race''': Face.



* '''Literature/WinnieThePooh''': Shoe.



* '''Series/TheXFiles''': Piles.
* '''[[Series/{{Rainbow}} Zippy and Bungle]]''': Jungle.



* '''[[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]]''': Plonker.



* '''Literature/CanteburyTales''': UesfulNotes/{{Wales}}.

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* '''Literature/CanteburyTales''': '''Literature/CanterburyTales''': UesfulNotes/{{Wales}}.



* '''JekyllAndHyde[s]''': Strides (trousers).



* '''Series/{{Jackanory}}''': Story.



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[[folder:Slang Named After Celebrities]]the Famous]]


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* '''Music/GloriaGaynor[s]''': Trainers.


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* '''Jackson Pollock[s]''': Bollocks.


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* '''[[Music/{{Jamiroquai}} Jay Kay]]''': Takeaway.
* '''Jack the Ripper''': Kipper.


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* '''Creator/ErrolFlynn''': Chin.


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* '''Creator/AlanLadd''': Sad.
* '''Creator/KeiraKnightley''': Slightly.


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* '''Creator/KeithMoon''': Loon.


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* '''UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar''': Geezer.


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* '''Music/{{Beyonce}} Knowles''': Sausage rolls.


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* '''Creator/JohnnyDepp''': Step.


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* '''Music/JohnnyCash''': Slash (urinate).


* '''''Harry Rag''''', a Harry: A ''fag'', strictly meaning a cigarette. Also a jolly song by Music/TheKinks.

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* '''''Harry Rag''''', '''Harry Rag''', a Harry: A ''fag'', strictly meaning a cigarette. Also a jolly song by Music/TheKinks.



* '''Mona Lisa''': Pizza.



* '''SodomAndGomorrah''': Borrow.
* '''Literature/SweenyTodd''': The flying squad (the police).

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* '''SodomAndGomorrah''': '''Sodom and Gomorrah''': Borrow.
* '''Literature/SweenyTodd''': '''Theatre/{{Sweeney Todd|TheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet}}''': The flying squad (the police).


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* '''[[Literature/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty Walter Mitty]]''': Kitty.


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* '''Creator/JohnWayne''': Train.


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* '''Creator/VincentPrice''': Ice.
* '''Vincent wan Gogh''': Cough.
* '''Wallace Beery''': Query.
* '''Music/{{U2}}''': Flu.
* '''UsefulNotes/JohnMajor''': Wager.


* '''[[Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer Tom Sawyer]]''': Lawyer.



* '''Literature/SweenyTodd''': The flying squad (the police).
* '''Series/{{Teletubb|ies}}y''': Hubby (husband).



* '''Creator/TomHanks''': Thanks.



* '''Music/TomJones''': Bones.
* '''Creator/MyrnaLoy''': Saveloy (a type of sausage).



* '''Alan Wicker[s]''': Knickers (underwear).

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* '''Alan Wicker[s]''': Whicker[s]''': Knickers (underwear).



* '''Creator/SylvesterStalone''': Alone.
* '''Pete Tong''': Wrong. (Tong is a famous British radio DJ. Also the name of a Canadian {{Mockumentary}} and a Paul Kaye film,''It's All Gone Pete Tong'')

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* '''Creator/SylvesterStalone''': '''Creator/SylvesterStallone''': Alone.
* '''Pete Tong''': Wrong. (Tong is a famous British radio DJ. Also the name of a Canadian {{Mockumentary}} and a Paul Kaye film,''It's film, ''It's All Gone Pete Tong'')

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Here is a list of just many of the colourful slang terms that have come from the East End of London.

Note that the actual rhyming part of the name is dropped in common parlance, just to make things more impenetrable.

Return to the main British English page [[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish here]].
* [[BritishEnglish/EnglishSlangAToF A to F]]
* [[BritishEnglish/EnglishSlangGToL G to L]]
* [[BritishEnglish/EnglishSlangMToR M to R]]
* [[BritishEnglish/EnglishSlangSToZ S to Z]]
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* '''Apples and pears''': Stairs. Mostly a PopCultureOsmosis with Brits that aren't Cockney. If there are any imitators, they most likely will say "Apples and pears -- stairs!"
* '''[Aunt] Joanna''': Piano. [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} Down under]], it's mutated to "Goanna", a kind of lizard. (Hence Joanna the lizard in ''Disney/TheRescuers Down Under''.)
* '''Barclays [Bank]''': Wank. Also '''Barclays Banker''' wanker, useless person, City banker.
* '''Battle cruiser''': Boozer; i.e. pub.
* '''Berk''': Literally, [[CountryMatters cunt]], from Berkeley Hunt. Nowhere near as insulting as the origin might lead you to believe, and never used to refer to a literal vagina; in fact is a mild and pretty affectionate insult calling someone silly or stupid.
** Sometimes misattributed to the term 'Berkshire Hunt' which makes less sense note that, while 'berk' is pronounced as "burk", the county of Berkshire is said "Barkshire".
** In more recent years, this has been (appropriately) replaced with "Music/JamesBlunt".
** One joke on ''Series/MockTheWeek'' states that ''Series/BargainHunt'' doubles as rhyming slang for "the bloke who presents it".
* '''Boracic [lint]''': Out of money see "skint" above.
* '''Brass tacks''': Facts. This is one of the few examples to have made it into American English; Creator/JohnWCampbell used it as the name of the ''Astounding'' (later ''Magazine/{{Analog}}'') letters page.
* '''Bristols''': Tits "Bristol City": titty[[note]]though one wonders, of all the BritishFootyTeams titled "City", why Bristol was chosen. Why not call them Hulls? Or Stokes? Or Chesters? Addendum: One theory as to this is that the choice of Bristol has nothing to do with the city itself; rather, the twin Bristol engines on certain World War II British aircraft such as the Blenheim were considered by air crews to resemble breasts.[[/note]]).
* '''Have a butcher's''': Have a look at something. "Butcher's Hook" = look.
* '''Charlies''': Inoffensive term for a woman's genitals, or sometimes breasts. From "[[CountryMatters Charlie Hunt]]", whoever he was. Also "Charlie" meaning "twit", as in Berk above.
* '''Me old China''': Mate or friend ("China plate" = mate).
* '''Nuclear sub''': Pub.
* '''On one's Tod [Sloan]''': Alone.
* '''Dog and bone''': Telephone.
* '''''Frontwheel''''' Jewish person (could be derogatory). "Front-wheel skid = Yid"
* '''Porkies [Pork pies]''': Lies. This, along with "apples and pears", is very well-known to many in the UK.
* '''Septic [tank]''': Yank; derogatory term for Americans. (Yank itself is rarely intended to be offensive, neither is Yankee. If they call you septic, however, well, it already sounds bad anyway).
* '''Sherbet [dab]''': Cab (taxi), though "sherbet" can also refer to cocaine.
* '''Tea leaf''': Thief.
* '''Tin tack''': Sack; as in, the metaphorical one you're given when you're dismissed from your job.
* '''Trouble [and strife]''': Wife.
* Slang for money:
** '''Dustbin lid (quid)''': £1
** '''Lady Godiva (fiver)''': £5
** '''Ayrton [Senna] (tenner)''': £10
** '''Score''': £20
** '''Pony''': £25
** '''Bullseye''': £50
** '''Ton''': £100
** '''Monkey''': £500
** '''Bag of sand (grand)''': £1000
** '''Shrapnel''': loose change.
* '''Jimmy Riddle [Widdle]''': Piddle (to urinate).
* '''Slap and tickle''': Pickle.
* '''Hot cross bun''': Nun.
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[[folder:Slang With Pop-Culture References]]
* '''Series/MorkAndMindy''': Windy.
* '''Series/TheBradyBunch''': Lunch.
* '''Khyber Pass''': Arse. References the famous plot point from ''Film/CarryOnUpTheKhyber'' that involved the British Army raising their kilts (however, this is quite possibly a BeamMeUpScotty moment, because the kilt raising had nothing to do with showing off their bottoms).
* '''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''': Clue. As in, "I ain't got a Scooby [Doo] about this."
* '''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit''': Vomit.
* '''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse''': Spouse.
* '''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''': Head.
* '''Adam and Eve''': Believe ("I don't Adam and Eve it!")
* '''Theatre/KingLear[s]''': Queer (homosexual)/ears.
* '''Film/JurassicPark''': Dark.
* '''[[Film/BridgetJonesDiary Bridget Jones]]''': Moans.
* '''[[Music/{{Eminem}} Slim Shady]]''': Old lady.
* '''''Harry Rag''''', a Harry: A ''fag'', strictly meaning a cigarette. Also a jolly song by Music/TheKinks.
* '''Burlington Bertie''': 30. An old British music hall song from 1915. It's often the slang of the number during games of bingo.
* '''Literature/CanteburyTales''': UesfulNotes/{{Wales}}.
* '''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk''': Sulk.
* '''Hey diddle diddle''': Fiddle. [[CaptainObvious Honestly, which one would it be for?]]
* '''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''': Cockney Rhyming Slang. Yes, even the language has its own name.
* '''SodomAndGomorrah''': Borrow.
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[[folder:Slang Named After Celebrities]]
* '''Music/JimiHendrix''': Appendix.
* '''Creator/LillianGish''': Fish.
* '''Music/ManfredMann''': A plan.
* '''Music/MariahCarey''': Scary.
* '''Creator/ChristopherLee''': Pee (urinating).
* '''Creator/JohnCleese''': Cheese.
* '''Creator/EarthaKitt'''/'''Creator/BradPitt''': Shit.
* '''Alan Wicker[s]''': Knickers (underwear).
* '''Music/BobMarley''': Charlie (this is slang for cocaine, with no relation to the name of any person).
* '''Creator/RickyGervais''': Ace.
* '''Creator/GregoryPeck''': Neck. It's as famous as "apples and pears".
* '''Creator/SylvesterStalone''': Alone.
* '''Pete Tong''': Wrong. (Tong is a famous British radio DJ. Also the name of a Canadian {{Mockumentary}} and a Paul Kaye film,''It's All Gone Pete Tong'')
* '''Creator/LaurelAndHardy''': Bacardi.
** '''Stan and Ollie:''' Brolly (umbrella).
* '''Creator/HenryFonda''': Honda (car company).
* '''Creator/HattieJacques''': The shakes (as in, shaking with terror).
* '''[[Music/TheShadows Hank Marvin]]''': Starvin' (hungry).
* '''Music/ShaniaTwain''': Pain.
* '''Ruby [Murray]''': Curry. Named after an otherwise obscure singer from [[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Stroke Country]].
* '''Creator/WSomersetMaugham''': Warm.
* '''Music/ShirleyBassey''': Chassis.
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